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Thai Bits and Crime: The Bangkok Government Is Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, Thai Monks Charged With Violating COVID-19 Rules After Partying

September 1, 2021

Bangkok Government Changes The COVID-19 Restrictions

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced that it was revising a province’s order to align it with the national measures set by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and to allow parks, sports stadiums, department stores, and other venues to reopen following the decision to ease restrictions.
The CCSA has ordered that restaurants, including those in shopping centers, can resume dine-in service until 8 pm. Restaurants are still prohibited from selling or serving alcohol. The capacity of open-air restaurants is 75%, while that of air-conditioned restaurants is 50%.
The curfew still applies from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., and convenience stores must close at 8 p.m. Organizers are asked to limit gatherings to no more than 25 people and to avoid activities that may spread Covid-19.

From September 1, 2021:

Barbershops and hair salons can operate, but services cannot last longer than one hour per client, and appointments must be made in advance.
Massage parlors and spas can open, but they can only offer foot massages and appointments must be made in advance.
Fresh markets and flea markets are often open until 8 p.m.
Shopping centers, community malls, and similar establishments may stay open until 8 p.m.
An appointment is required for aesthetic clinics, medical clinics for beauty services, and cosmetic clinics.
Public parks, sports fields, sports complexes, and outdoor swimming pools are open until 8 p.m. Events and competitions are not open to spectators.
It is to remain closed.
Entertainment venues, schools, cinemas, water parks, amusement parks, fitness centers, and arcades must remain closed.

Thai Crime: 8 Monks Punished For Breaking COVID-19 Rules And Partying

7 monks and 1 friend found eating and drinking recently, 4 of whom were abbots, have been defrocked from the monkhood, fined, and given suspended jail sentences for breaking Covid containment measures. Police raided Wat Pansao in Chiang Mai following complaints from residents. The Bangkok Post reports that the monks were treated to a generous spread of food, including roasted pork paired with beer.
In the wake of the monk bust and the ruined dinner party, the 8 defendants were indicted in a Chiang Mai court. The two are accused of violating the Disease Control Act and the Emergency Decree, which was implemented to combat the spread of Covid-19. At Wat Upakhut last night, the monastic chief of Chiang Mai expelled the monks from the order. Recently, eight defendants appeared in court again. The sentence was 15 days in jail, suspended for 1 year, and a fine of 10,000 baht. They were abbots from Wat Pansao, Wat Yang Kuang, Wat Hua Fai, and Wat Ban Ping.

Even Though Myanmar Is A Buddhist Country, The Myanmar MIlitary Is Going After Buddhist Monks

August 5, 2021

When the army trucks appeared, Venerable Yazina’s robes did not protect him. As a member of Myanmar’s revered Buddhist monkhood, he was fair game for the soldiers who opened fire as soon as they arrived.
The teaching monk from Mandalay’s New Masoeyin Monastery was among those hit that day. However, it wasn’t a bullet that killed him. It was one of the vehicles that had sped into the crowd as protesters fled.
He recalled, “We had just left the monastery when they arrived and began shooting.”. “Everyone ran in a panic. “I tried to jump on a motorcycle to get away, but they struck me with a car.”
Ven. Knocked to the ground. Yazina was helpless as three soldiers repeatedly beat his shaved head.
As soon as the monk was in military custody, he was stripped of his robe and dragged to Mandalay Palace, where he was tortured as just another civilian who had dared challenge the military’s authority.
Ven. On May 28, the day of his arrest, Ven. Yazina has been protesting against the coup for over three months. In crackdowns across the country, hundreds have already been killed, and thousands more have been arrested. Many people who ended up behind bars did not survive.
Even monks were subjected to unimaginable cruelty by regime forces, so he was not expecting mercy.
Six days later, from 9am to 3pm, two interrogators beat him at random, not caring if they killed him in the process. He and the other detainees captured at the same time were beaten almost continuously as they were questioned about their participation in the protests.
After the junta’s henchmen were tired of hitting the prisoners with truncheons, they forced them into painful and humiliating positions to further break their spirits.
“First they made me squat down. Then they told me to put my hands on my head and hop around like a frog. After that, I had to kneel down on the hot pavement with my hands still on my head,” he said.
“The pain was unbearable. They made me ‘walk’ like this back to my cell. It took about 30 minutes, and if I slowed down, they would hit me again from behind.”
But at some point, he became defiant, telling his tormentors that they could beat him all they liked because he could no longer move on his shattered knees.
“That’s when I told them that I wanted a humane government. At this, the officer just pointed his gun at me and said, ‘How dare you?’”