Thailand: Thousands join Bangkok rally demanding PM’s resignation

Demonstrators blame Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha for the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic,

Demonstrators show the three-finger salute during a protest against Thai government’s handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and to demand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s resignation, in Bangkok, Thailand, September 2, 2021 [Chalinee Thirasupa/Reuters]

Thousands of protesters have gathered in Thailand’s capital to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, promising to keep up pressure until he leaves office.

Thursday’s demonstration at the Asoke intersection in central Bangkok was one of the biggest such gatherings this year despite a warning from the police earlier in the day that protests were banned due to coronavirus restrictions.

Protests against Prayuth have gained momentum since late June as groups who sought his removal last year return with broader support from people angered by a worsening coronavirus situation.

The demonstrators blame Prayuth for his handling of the pandemic, particularly his failure to secure timely and adequate supplies of vaccines. Just 13 percent of Thailand’s population of more than 66 million people has been fully vaccinated.

The country has recorded more than 1.2 million infections and 12,103 deaths since the pandemic started last year, with most of the cases and deaths occurring since April this year.

 

Corruption accusations

Separately, Prayuth is facing a grilling in Thailand’s parliament in a censure debate that started earlier this week. The opposition accuses the prime minister and five other cabinet ministers of corruption, economic mismanagement and bungling the coronavirus response.

Prayuth and his ministers have rejected the accusations and defended their performance to the parliament.

While the governing coalition is expected to survive the no-confidence vote scheduled for Saturday, due to their parliamentary majority, protesters say they will continue taking to the streets.

“The members of parliament have to choose between the people and Prayuth who has failed, causing losses and deaths of more than 10,000 people,” said Nattawut Saikua, one of the main organisers of the protest.

“If Prayuth passes the no-confidence vote and remains prime minister we will continue to drive him out,” he added.

While the demonstration at Asoke was peaceful, a smaller group of anti-government protesters set off firecrackers and burned car tyres near the prime minister’s residence in another part of the city.

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Australian Navy caught in massive coronavirus vaccine side effects COVER-UP as sailors collapse into “critical condition” following vax jabs

(Natural News) The mainstream media does not want anyone to know that sailors in the Australian Navy have been dropping like flies ever since Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines became available to them.

Numerous stories detailing the horrific adverse events incurred by members of the Australian military have been completely scrubbed from the web. Some of them have been replaced with highly sanitized propaganda pieces claiming that only “mild side effects” are being observed.

Gregg Hunt, Australia’s Health Minister, who pushed the experimental gene therapy injections on his nation’s military, fell “critically ill” himself just one day after getting jabbed for the Chinese virus. All of this has created major setbacks for the pro-vaccine lobby, which is having an increasingly harder time convincing people to get stabbed.

Fake news outlets like the Daily Mail Online (U.K.) have been pulling stories about deadly vaccine reactions in an attempt to convince people that the jabs are “safe and effective.” The cat is already out of the bag, though.

“Our health minister is still in the hospital from the day after he had his injection!” wrote one trusted contact in Australia to Principia Scientific International. “Not a word about the navy hospitalisations. What a way to take out a country’s military … In just one jab!”

As for Health Minister Hunt, early reports that have since been scrubbed indicated that he developed a “suspected infection” following his injection, requiring that he be “kept overnight for observation.” Hunt is also “being administered antibiotics and fluid” for his adverse reaction.

More of the latest news about Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine injuries and deaths can be found at Pandemic.news.

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Fresh fears of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh as Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of violating ceasefire with machine gun volley

An ethnic Armenian soldier looks through binoculars as he stands at fighting positions near the village of Taghavard in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, January 11, 2021. ©  REUTERS / Artem Mikryukov
Just months after a Russian-brokered accord paused hostilities in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of restarting fighting, sparking concern for the fragile ceasefire.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Baku’s State Border Service said that “the provocations of the enemy on the frontier with Armenia are continuing.”

Earlier, they alleged, Armenia’s troops “violated the ceasefire by firing 20 machine guns at the border checkpoint.” However, Gevorg Altunyan, the head of the press service for the Defense Ministry in Yerevan, strongly denied the claims in comments to RIA Novosti. “This is an absolute lie,” he said.

On the same day, Armenian officials announced they had launched an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, insisting that Azerbaijan has violated the rights of the inhabitants of the disputed region.

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IMF Sent $350 Million in Cash to Myanmar Days Before Military Takeover, Report Says

On Monday, Myanmar’s military declared a one-year state of emergency after detaining State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint as well as other politicians during a series of raids.

Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sent $350 million in cash to the Myanmar government as part of an emergency aid package to help the country tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, an IMF spokesperson told Reuters.

The money was sent days before Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the governing National League for Democracy were arrested in an early morning raid on Monday in the capital Naypyitaw.

Reuters cited unnamed sources as saying that “there appears to be little the IMF can do to claw back” the emergency aid funds.

The IMF earlier expressed hope that the money would help Myanmar meet “urgent balance-of-payments needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the government’s recovery measures to ensure macroeconomic and financial stability while supporting affected sectors and vulnerable groups”.

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US Officially Declares Myanmar Situation a ‘Coup,’ Cutting Aid to Government

Biden administration is now mulling sanctions on Myanmar’s military

The Biden Administration officially declared on Tuesday that the seizure of power in Myanmar by the country’s military was a “coup d’etat,” triggering aid cuts and a review of all foreign aid to Myanmar.

US officials said the aid restrictions only apply to Myanmar’s government. The vast majority of US aid to Myanmar, an estimated $108.65 million requested for 2021, goes to organizations inside the country, and will not be affected.

The Biden Administration is considering additional sanctions against Myanmar’s military. A State Department official said four of Myanmar’s military leaders are already under US sanctions over their role in the displacement of the Muslim Rohingya population.

In a statement on the coup, President Biden suggested that he might reimpose sanctions on Myanmar that were lifted by the Obama administration in 2016. He also hinted at further intervention and said the US and its allies in the region will “hold accountable those responsible” for the coup. Biden also demanded that Myanmar’s military “relinquish the power they have seized.”

The coup is being framed by US media outlets as the Biden administration’s first challenge against Chinese influence in the region. But for their part, Beijing has taken a neutral stance on the situation in neighboring Myanmar.

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