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Thailand: Paetongtarn Shinawatra leads polls as country heads towards election
As parliament dissolves, party of Paetongtarn, whose father was deposed in 2006, has best chance of forming majority
Thailand’s parliament has been dissolved, paving the way for an election in May that will pit military-linked candidates against the daughter of the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn has endorsed a decree to dissolve parliament, according to an announcement in the Royal Gazette on Monday. An election must be held between 45 and 60 days after the house’s dissolution.Continue reading... Les mer >>>
Bright lights, big city Bangkok – in pictures
Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, is one of the world’s most popular destinations, and millions of visitors arrive each year to enjoy the city’s legendary nightlife, street food and ornate temples. Two photographers spent 24 hours documenting the cityContinue reading... Les mer >>>
Chiang Mai to hand out face masks as dust from fires hits hazardous levels
Thai authorities struggle to contain forest fires, a persistent cause of air pollution during the dry season
The Chiang Mai authorities in northern Thailand will hand out face masks to the public as the province struggles with dangerously high levels of air pollution caused by persistent forest fires.
The fires are an annual problem between the months of December and April, when farmers set light to their fields to clear the land ready for the next crop cycle.Continue reading... Les mer >>>
Thai man jailed for selling duck calendars that ‘mocked’ king
‘Tonmai’, 26, given two-year sentence over cartoons of yellow ducks that became symbol of democracy protests
A 26-year-old man in Thailand has been sentenced to three years in prison, reduced to two years, for selling satirical calendars featuring pictures of cartoon ducks that officials say insult the monarchy.
The man, a legal officer known by the nickname Tonmai, was arrested on 31 December 2020 after police raided his home and confiscated desk calendars that included images of yellow ducks – one of the symbols of youth-led pro-democracy protests that began more than two years ago. Officials said the calendars, which were being sold through a Facebook protest group, defamed the king.Continue reading... Les mer >>>
HelloFresh drops Thai coconut milk after Peta monkey labour campaign
Thai government rejects Peta’s claims, saying the practice of using monkeys to harvest is rarely used in industry
The meal kit provider HelloFresh has said it will no longer sell coconut milk sourced from Thailand, after campaigning by an animal rights group that accused coconut farms in the country of using monkey labour.
The company confirmed to Axios that it does not tolerate “any form of animal abuse in our supply chain” and “out of an abundance of caution” will not be placing orders for coconut milk from Thailand. HelloFresh has not yet responded to the Guardian’s request for comment.Continue reading... Les mer >>>
Thai factory used by Tesco faces criminal charges over treatment of workers
Exclusive: VKG, where workers made jeans for Tesco’s Thai branch between 2017 and 2020, faces charges including fraud
Thai police have brought criminal charges against a clothing factory that was used by Tesco to make F&F clothes, over its treatment of workers.
The Guardian revealed in December that Burmese workers who produced F&F jeans for Tesco in Thailand reported being made to work 99-hour weeks for illegally low pay in terrible conditions.Continue reading... Les mer >>>
Thailand’s missing monkeys: why did hundreds of rhesus macaques vanish from a temple?
Police in Loei trying to determine if the animals migrated or were taken as part of a trafficking operation
For decades, Tham Pha Mak Ho temple in north-east Thailand has been home to crowds of rhesus macaques. Every morning monks feed them with rice and fruit, while tourists give them bananas and seeds bought from the local street vendors.
But over recent months, local people began to notice that when they came with offerings of food, fewer monkeys seemed to greet them. Local media reported claims that hundreds seemed to have disappeared from the temple in Loei province.Continue reading... Les mer >>>