Thai protest brought forward over disruption fears

first_imgSo far pro-royalist demonstrations have been small, compared to the tens of thousands who joined the biggest anti-government demonstration in September.”We are here to fight for democracy,” said Romtum Cheyhert, 63, who joined the anti-government protest from the northern city of Chiang Mai.Among protesters’ demands are for curbs on the constitutional powers of the king and for him to transfer back the personal control he took of some army units and a palace fortune valued in the tens of billions of dollars.Royalist politician Warong Dechgitvigrom condemned the protesters in a Facebook post on Wednesday and called on the government to prosecute those he accused of intending to destroy the monarchy. Thai anti-government protesters hurriedly brought forward a demonstration in Bangkok on Wednesday, saying they feared confrontation with royalist groups planning to assemble nearby in support of the king.Three months of protests demanding a new constitution and the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha – a former junta leader – have largely been peaceful, although demonstrators scuffled with police on Tuesday and 21 activists were arrested.Protesters have also sought to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and in a rare direct challenge, chanted “release our friends” at his passing motorcade on Tuesday. A couple of hundred protesters began assembling from 8 a.m. (0100 GMT) at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on the anniversary of a 1973 uprising that brought down the then military government. The protest had originally been scheduled for six hours later.”We are having the protest earlier because they are getting supporters to receive the royal motorcade to start a conflict with us,” protest leader and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa told protesters. “We are holding this protest peacefully.”The government made no immediate comment, but has said people have the right to protest. The Palace has repeatedly declined to comment on the protests or the demands of protesters.Pro-royalist groups said they planned gatherings near the anti-government protest, raising fears of trouble in a country roiled by a decade of street violence between supporters and opponents of the establishment before a 2014 coup.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Orville Bever, Jr.

first_imgVisitation is Monday, October 17, 2016 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Chuck Grimes will officiate the services at 11 a.m.  Military honors, provided by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 American Legion will take place at the funeral home.  Orange Cemetery in Fayette County is Orville’s final resting place. Orville Bever, Jr., of Brookville, was born on December 16, 1934 in Connersville, Indiana, the son of Orville Sr. and Coral Gardiner Bever.  He served his country in the United States Army, and later worked for and retired from D & M.  Not being one to sit still, after retirement Orville worked for Gillman’s Do It Best.  He was an outgoing guy who was a friend to many.  On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Orville passed away at Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville. Memorial donations may be directed to Franklin County EMS.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to care for Orville Bever, Jr.center_img Survivors include one niece, Vicki; a nephew, Kevin, and several close friends and neighbors.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Moffett, and 2 brothers, Virgil Bever and Ray Bever.last_img read more