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Security tightened ahead Thai coup anniversary

Some 1,950 metropolitan police began deploying across the Thai capital Tuesday, days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the September 19 coup ousting prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra,

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Some 1,950 metropolitan police began deploying across the Thai capital Tuesday, days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the September 19 coup ousting prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and a thousand more will be put on alert this Sunday.

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Chairing a video conference with senior police officers nationwide, police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree ordered his agency’s top cops across the country to tighten security and to closely monitor the political movements of the Red Shirt activists to mark the bloodless coup, police spokesman Pol Maj-Gen Prawut Thavornsiri said, adding that provincial police have been instructed to handle any crowd in accordance with the law.

Participants in the demonstrations are prohibited from causing any loss, blocking roads, obstructing the entrances of private homes and threatening and harming other people. Any violations, particularly by persons living in areas under the emergency decree, will be punishable by a maximum of two years in prison and a maximum fine of Bt40,000.

via 2,000 police tighten security ahead of Sept 19 coup anniversary Red Shirt rally.

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Thailand to further ease COVID-19 restrictions

The Cabinet approved to ease the level of control over the country under the COVID-19 situation including relaxing businesses and activities in 4 areas.

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The Cabinet approved to ease the level of control over the country under the COVID-19 situation including relaxing businesses and activities in 4 areas.

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Thai government to buy cannabis from community enterprises

For a long time, there has been pressure to decriminalize Cannabis and allow its use for many purposes. Today, some of its parts are usable by the public, but only a few are allowed to grow and sell it.

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The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) is to buy grade-A dried cannabis flowers from community enterprises at 45,000 THB per kilogram.

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Human trafficking cases in Thailand hit decade low due to COVID-19

Thailand has pointed to improved efforts to stop trafficking in recent years, under scrutiny from the United States and following criticism of its failure to tackle abuses in its lucrative seafood and textile sectors, as well as the sex trade.

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BANGKOK, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Police in Thailand last year launched the lowest number of human trafficking investigations in a decade as coronavirus restrictions on businesses and borders hindered criminal networks, according to a soon-to-be released government report.

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