Qld election 2020 LIVE updates: Poll Call day seventeen


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was still trying to kick goals in Townsville late on Wednesday.Credit:Matt Dennien

Labor meanwhile announced a massive-sounding plan to build a “second Bruce Highway” only to reveal later in the day it would actually be a series of upgrades to existing roads, and also it was relying on $800 million in federal funding which was yet to be secured, undercutting its sustained criticism of the LNP’s Bruce Highway plan.

Both camps will be hoping to sustain less friendly fire on the campaign trail on day 17 of the election campaign today.

Labor has stayed in Townsville overnight but has already jetted off to Cairns, keen to shore up marginal seats in the far northern centre.

The LNP meanwhile returned to Brisbane yesterday, and will start the day on more solid ground on the Gold Coast, where it holds several seats.

Stick with us for all the latest from the campaign trail.



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Victoria Derby Day 2019: winner, results, video, every result, Melbourne Cup field


Trainer Anthony Freedman and jockey Damien Oliver have turned back the clock to claim a Victoria Derby triumph at Flemington with Warning.

For Freedman, it was his first Victoria Derby (2500m) win as a trainer in his own right.

Oliver is celebrating his sixth, 27 years after his first aboard Redding. Oliver has had a long and successful association with the Freedman family who were instrumental in first luring him to Melbourne from Perth. Freedman said his history with Oliver gave Warning’s victory added significance.

“We go back 25 years. I actually went to Perth to meet him and talk to him about coming over,” Freedman said.

“We go back a long way and it’s good to hook up again.”



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Trump campaign trailing behind Biden in funding, weeks before Election Day, new filings show


The sum was a stunning reversal for a campaign that in the spring boasted $180 million more on hand than Biden and Democrats, as the former vice president was coming out of a competitive primary as the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Seven months later, the Biden’s campaign committee closed out September with $177 million in the bank, which is nearly triple his rival’s total.

Trump’s money supply, which was reported just one day after he flew to Newport Beach, California for a fundraiser in between stops across the battleground map for back-to-back rallies, also reflects how dramatically his fundraising is withering.

Trump’s team raised more than $1.5 billion since January 2019 but has burned through $1.3 billion of that and is now struggling to go toe-for-toe with their Democratic counterparts when it matters most.

Further underscoring Trump’s money woes, his campaign committee started the month of September with more than $121 million — double his total just 29 days later.

During the month of September, the campaign brought in $81 million but spent nearly $126 million, according to the disclosure report filed to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, the Biden campaign reported bringing in and spending roughly $282 million.

The $63.1 million on hand for the Trump campaign doesn’t reflect all the money available to spend for the president’s reelection campaign, which is a combined effort between the campaign, the Republican National Committee and two joint fundraising committees: Trump Victory and Trump Make America Great Again Committee.

Trump Victory, which raises big-dollar donations that get transferred to the campaign and the Republican National Committee, reported a much larger amount in cash on hand earlier this month ($90 million) than in previous months.

Still, the Trump team’s financial resources have significantly dwindled compared to Biden’s.

In all, the president’s campaign, the RNC and their joint committees raised a total of $248 million in September and ended the month with $251 million on hand, compared to the $325 million they had at the end of August.

The Biden campaign, the Democratic National Committee and their joint operations in comparison, raised a total of $364.5 million in September and entered the crucial last month of the race with $432 million on hand, which is nearly twice as much as Trump and Republicans.

And from July through September, while Biden and the DNC’s two joint fundraising committees raised $457 million after spending $82 million, Trump and the RNC’s two joint fundraising committees raised $355 million after spending more than $190 million.

The newest financial filings paint a bleak picture for the president and offer a more extensive view of his campaign’s cash troubles. The president’s team has been diverting spending from crucial battlegrounds, canceling more than $2 million worth of airtime in Ohio earlier this month. Biden and his ally groups are also now spending double the amount Trump and his supporters are spending on television and radio ads.

From Oct. 20 through Nov. 3, the Biden campaign, the DNC and pro-Biden outside groups have reserved a total of $155 million of airtime, twice the $83 million that the Trump campaign, the RNC and pro-Trump outside groups have reserved during the same period, according to ad spending data from media research firm CMAG.

The Trump campaign on Monday announced a new $55 million ad blitz for the final two weeks, some of which is reflected in the $83 million total; but even with that last-minute boost, pro-Trump efforts in the final stretch of the race are expected to lag behind Biden’s.

The president’s cash problems in the final days of the election present a sharp fall for a team that has worked to craft and project an image of a campaign that is an “unstoppable juggernaut.”

For well over a year, the Trump campaign used fundraising numbers and cash-on-hand figures to portray uncontested enthusiasm and support for the president.

When Trump narrowly outraised Biden in April, then-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tried to downplay the Biden campaign’s first massive fundraising haul, writing on Twitter that the former vice president “just had his 1st month as the apparent Dem nominee, which is when the big early money comes in,” and boasting that the president “still beat him in fundraising.”

Parsacle touted that they still had “a massive cash advantage ($255M COH), better operation, more enthusiasm…The enthusiasm gap is real and it is wide!”

But since then, the Trump campaign has trailed Biden in fundraising each month — and in the final days before Election Day, that advantage has evaporated along with the Trump campaign’s bluster of unleashing a “Death Star” attack on its rivals.

In its place, Trump has started arguing on the campaign trail, “If you can win for less money that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.”





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Qld election 2020 LIVE updates: Poll Call day sixteen


Referred to as an “inland freight route” by the Premier, the road would stretch from Charters Towers to the NSW border, however there have so far been no information on how much it will cost or the timeframe for its rollout.

The announcement could potentially overshadow the LNP’s signature campaign promise to “four-lane” the Bruce Highway from Gympie to Cairns, but the devil as always will be in the details, with both sides yesterday refusing to name exactly when they would release their election costings.

The LNP have also started today in Townsville, hoping to flip some marginal seats in the region.

It’s the second time back to Townsville for both camps, which underlines how important both of them feel about the seats in the area.

The electorate of Townsville itself is held by Labor with a razor-thin margin of less than one per cent, with nearby Thuringowa and Mundingburra also held by Labor on larger but still slim margins.

Stick with us today for all the latest on day 16 of the Queensland election campaign.



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Qld election 2020 LIVE updates: Poll Call day sixteen


Referred to as an “inland freight route” by the Premier, the road would stretch from Charters Towers to the NSW border, however there have so far been no information on how much it will cost or the timeframe for its rollout.

The announcement could potentially overshadow the LNP’s signature campaign promise to “four-lane” the Bruce Highway from Gympie to Cairns, but the devil as always will be in the details, with both sides yesterday refusing to name exactly when they would release their election costings.

The LNP have also started today in Townsville, hoping to flip some marginal seats in the region.

It’s the second time back to Townsville for both camps, which underlines how important both of them feel about the seats in the area.

The electorate of Townsville itself is held by Labor with a razor-thin margin of less than one per cent, with nearby Thuringowa and Mundingburra also held by Labor on larger but still slim margins.

Stick with us today for all the latest on day 16 of the Queensland election campaign.



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RNC to spend $25M on TV ads in battleground states in final stretch to Election Day


The Republican National Committee will spend $25 million on television ads in a battleground state advertising blitz beginning Tuesday and running for the final two weeks before Election Day, Fox News has learned.

The RNC on Tuesday will launch television ads in a number of key states, including Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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The buy comes on the heels of the RNC committing to spend $60 million on digital efforts to get out the vote in the final stretch of the campaign.

An RNC official told Fox News that roughly $14 million of the $25 million total will be spent on advertising targeted to seniors, with a focus on protecting Medicare.

“Joe Biden’s health care plan would be an inevitable step toward single-payer health care, leading to higher taxes, less quality of care, and a complete upheaval of our health care system,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News.

“As part of the RNC’s multi-pronged effort to target and turn out voters, we will be telling the truth about Biden’s socialized health care plan while aggressively highlighting how President Trump has improved Medicare and lowered premiums,” McDaniel continued. “These ads will drive that message home in the final days.”

An RNC official told Fox News that Democrats are intent on making health care a top issue in the 2020 race, and that these new ads “will serve as an important reminder of the contrast that exists between President Trump and Joe Biden on health care plans.”

The official told Fox News that the ads will cast Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s health care plan as one that would “lead to single payer health care,” and could “jeopardize access to quality care, especially for seniors.” The ads will also highlight that the Biden plan would “give taxpayer-funded health care to illegal immigrants.”

An RNC official touted the president’s health care record, saying that he lowered Medicare Advantage premiums by “34% nationwide–the lowest level in 14 years.”

One ad, which will begin running in Michigan Tuesday, addresses senior citizens, and touts Medicare under President Trump.

“Attention fellow seniors: This election will determine your medicare benefits,” a narrator says in the ad. “Under President Trump, Medicare premiums in Michigan have gone down 53%. But with the Biden-Harris health care plan, Medicare will change.”

The ad warns that “private insurance” would be “eliminated,” and hospitals would close.

“You could even lose your doctor,” the ad says. “Protect your Medicare coverage. Vote for President Trump.”

The ad then directs viewers to a website called “Seniors Beware” to learn more about the differences between Trump and Biden’s health care plans.

Former Vice President Biden’s health care plan is aimed at protecting and building upon the Affordable Care Act by giving Americans more choice, reducing health care costs, and making our health care system “less complex to navigate.”

Biden’s health care platform vows to give every American access to “affordable health insurance,” as well as a “public health insurance option,” and aims to expand coverage to low-income Americans by offering premium-free access to a public option for individuals who would be eligible for Medicaid.

The RNC buy comes as part of a joint effort with the Trump campaign, totaling $55 million on paid advertising in the final two weeks. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien called it a “heavy buy,” and added that they are “confident as ever” in their “pathway to victory.”

“We very much like where we’re at,” Stepien said Monday. “We have more than sufficient air cover almost, almost three times as much as in 2016.”

He added: “The goal of this is to ensure that we’re supporting our ground troops, and they certainly have the air cover they need to bring this campaign to a successful close.”

The Trump campaign ads will run in the key battleground states of Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio. 



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Qld election 2020 LIVE updates: Poll Call day fourteen


“Yesterday, Victoria recorded just two cases, while the UK recorded 16,982. That’s what’s happening elsewhere in the world, and it underlines how well Victoria has done getting on top of its case numbers.”

Mr Miles also said it was “incredible” that Queensland had only four active cases, while expressing concern about community transmission in NSW.

“In the last seven days NSW has recorded four active cases of unlinked community transmission, that’s twice the number of the week before, when they recorded two.”

Queensland’s border with NSW remains shut, excepting the “border bubble” of communities on either side, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk again confirming on Monday that they would revisit the border situation before October 31.

“As we’ve said very clearly – I’ve said this nearly every single day [of the election campaign] – the decision will be made at the end of the month,” the Premier said.



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Thai protesters gather in Bangkok for 5th day in defiance of ban


BANGKOK: Protesters returned to the streets of Bangkok for the fifth straight day in coordinated demonstrations on Sunday (Oct 18) to continue their call for an end to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government.

Despite an emergency decree banning public gatherings, the rallies started at 4pm local time at the Victory Monument, Asoke and Tha Phra MRT station in the capital.

Protest organisers had called on Sunday morning for demonstrators to be ready at any BTS skytrain station near their house by 3pm local time but did not disclose further details about the gathering sites, to avoid blockades by the authorities. 

At about 2.30pm, authorities announced temporary closure of several BTS skytrain and MRT underground stations, as well as walkways between buildings and stations in the affected areas.

Around 4pm, several hundreds of protesters gathered in the rain at Victory Monument, the primary protest site, carrying umbrellas and wearing rain jackets. Traffic around the area also slowed down as more people joined the rally. 

Protesters at the Victory Monument on Oct 18, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo) 

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Despite lacking proper sound system and mobile stages, protesters shouted short phrases like “reform the monarchy” and “Prayut, get out”. They were also seen trying to stop the police from putting up barricades at the site. 

Driven by a coalition of youth groups from across Thailand, the movement has recently become somewhat leaderless as most of the protest leaders have been apprehended by police.

Bangkok has been under a state of emergency since 4am on Tuesday, yet protesters in Bangkok have defied the government’s orders, which prohibit any action that would instigate unrest. 

READ: Thailand bans protests as challenge to establishment escalates

READ: Thai protest leaders declare end to demonstration after police fire water cannon in Bangkok

Publication of news and electronic information with messages that could instill fear among the public, intentionally distort facts, or cause misunderstanding that would affect national security, or peace and order is also forbidden. 

The order was issued by the prime minister to control anti-government protesters.

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Thai protesters build a makeshift wall using umbrellas on Oct 18. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo) 

Thai protests Oct 18

Volunteer guards at Victory Monument sit on the road behind barricades, ready for any police clearance operations. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo) 

According to police, checking in at protest sites on social media or sharing selfies while in the areas could result in legal action.

“Police enforcement this time around is in compliance with laws, international standards, and human rights, in order to maintain peace and order for the general public,” said police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen in a press conference on Sunday.

At 8.20pm, protest organisers announced that the rally at Victory Monument has ended. 

On Saturday, the authorities shut down much of the city’s transport system in a bid to thwart protesters from gathering. 

However, mass crowds managed to hold demonstrations for several hours in three different areas, including the Lat Phrao intersection, Udomsuk and Wongwian Yai. Police did not intervene on Saturday and the protesters dispersed after several hours.

With many of the key leaders detained, demonstrators on Saturday took turns giving short speeches. 

Besides Bangkok, more rallies have also been held in different provinces. 

Police have dispersed their protests twice, first on Thursday and later on Friday at the Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok’s business district. 



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Coronavirus India lockdown Day 206 updates | No evidence to validate China’s claim on global multiple focal points for outbreak: Vardhan


Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time late on Friday, a record one-day increase as much of Europe enacts new restrictions to curb the outbreak.

Europe, which successfully tamped down the first surge of infections, has emerged as the new coronavirus epicentre in recent weeks and is reporting on average 140,000 cases a day over the past week. As a region, Europe is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State Helpline numbers is available as well.

Here are the latest updates:

 

 

No evidence to validate claims on global multiple focal points for COVID-19 outbreak: Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said there is no evidence that can validate claims on global multiple focal points for the COVID-19 outbreak, amid China claiming that the coronavirus broke out simultaneously in several countries last year.

During an interaction with his social media followers on the sixth episode of “Sunday Samvaad”, Mr. Vardhan said the reported outbreak of COVID-19 from Wuhan in China remains recognised as the first report worldwide.

Responding to a question, he said China has claimed that there was a simultaneous outbreak of the disease across many nations.

“However, to validate this claim that there were multiple focal points across the world requires data of uniform and timely reporting of the occurrence of confirmed and diagnosed cases from various countries at the very same time. No such clinching evidence is as yet available regarding this. Therefore, the reported outbreak of COVID-19 from Wuhan in China has been recognised as the first report worldwide,” the minister said.

Responding to another question on the market being flooded with oximeters made in China, he said, “Consumers should look for FDA or CE-approved products with ISO or IEC specifications while purchasing a pulse oximeter from the market or from online retailers.”

However, he made it clear that a dip in the oxygen saturation level is not a COVID-19 symptom, as it may happen due to other underlying medical conditions as well.

Mr. Vardhan further said as yet, no mutation of the coronavirus has been detected in India, which is either more transmission efficient or more pathogenic.

In response to another question, the minister said although there are no intranasal COVID-19 vaccines under trial in the country at the moment, Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech are expected to pursue clinical trials of such vaccines in the coming months on receiving the regulatory approval.

He clarified that the phase-3 clinical trial is generally with thousands of participants, sometimes even close to 30,000 to 40,000. It is possible that from a specific city or hospital, a couple of hundred participants are selected at a given time, but in general, the overall phase-3 participant pool is much larger.

Sharing details of the special Drive for Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reporting and monitoring of drugs used in COVID-19, Mr. Vardhan clarified that the drive is not because of an adverse reaction reported with an existing drug, but is part of a proactive COVID-19 preparedness programme.

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Goa

Visuals of crowded Goa night clubs: Minister promises action

looded social media amid the coronavirus outbreak.

He said he would meet Chief Minister Pramod Sawant later in the day to discuss the issue, adding that district administration would be instructed to cancel the licenses of the clubs which have violated social distancing norms in this manner.

 

New Delhi

Pollution may increase virus transmissibility making people more vulnerable to COVID-19, say experts

Air pollution may increase transmissibility of the novel coronavirus making people more vulnerable to the disease and aggravating the COVID-19 situation, experts have said, while warning that those who have had the infection in the past may also have to face new challenges.

With winters approaching and easing of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, Delhi-NCR is bracing for months of poor air quality. The national capital’s air quality was in the ‘poor’ category on Sunday morning.

According to doctors, respiratory illnesses like viral influenza increase with a spike in pollution levels as poor air quality leads to inflammation in the lungs making it more vulnerable for the virus to penetrate.

“This year, we have COVID-19. Like the common cold, the transmission of this virus is expected to increase with a rise in pollution levels. We may see a further surge in cases.

“It would be a taxing time for testing centres as they have to cater to people with coronavirus and also non-COVID patients with similar symptoms,” Dr Neeraj Nischal, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at AIIMS, told PTI. Experts feel the worst-affected would be people in the lower socioeconomic class with no access to masks and also vulnerable to additional risk factors such as chulla smoke.

“Transmission apart, the presentation of COVID-19 like other viral respiratory illnesses will be more severe in high-pollution areas. This will burden hospitals as more patients become symptomatic, requiring admission,” Dr Nischal said. According to Dr Neeraj Gupta, a professor in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical care and Sleep medicine at Safdarjung Hospital, mortality has been linked with population density, the proximity of people and heavily industrialized or urbanised areas which have higher pollution levels.

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Possibility of second wave of coronavirus infections in winter season cannot be ruled out: Expert panel chief V.K. Paul

The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths have declined in the last three weeks as the spread of the pandemic has stabilised in most of the states, Niti Aayog Member V.K. Paul said on Sunday but did not rule out the possibility of a second wave of infections in the winter season.

Mr. Paul, who is also the chief of an expert coordinating efforts to tackle the pandemic in the country, in an interview to PTI said that once the COVID-19 vaccine is available, there will be enough resources to deliver as well as make it accessible to the citizens.

“In India, the new coronavirus cases and number of deaths have declined in the last three weeks and the pandemic has stabilised in most of the states.”

“However, there are five states (Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal) and 3-4 Union Territories (UTs), where there is still a rising trend,” Mr. Paul said.

He is heading the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC).

According to him, India is in a somewhat better position now but the country still has a long way to go because 90 per cent of the people are still susceptible to coronavirus infections.

On whether India could see a second wave of coronavirus infections in the winter, Mr. Paul said that with the onset of winter, countries across Europe are seeing resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

“We cannot rule out (a second coronavirus wave this winter in India). Things can happen and we are still learning about the virus,” Mr. Paul noted.

To a query about storage and distribution of vaccine once it is available, he said India has enough cold storage facilities to an extent and this can be readily augmented as required.

“Once the vaccine is available, there will be enough resources for delivering vaccines and making vaccines accessible to the citizens and there will be no concern about resources under those circumstances,” Mr. Paul said.

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Kerala

Infection control measures stepped up as more health workers test positive

A total of 700 health workers have been infected in the district so far, in a nearly six-fold jump from mid-August when 110 health workers had cumulatively tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to health officials and infection control officers at hospitals in the district, the extent of the spread of the virus in the community has made it nearly impossible to ascertain if health workers have contracted the infection from within the health-care facility or outside.

Attempts, however, have been made to strengthen infection control measures both in government and private facilities.

 

China

Living coronavirus found on imported frozen food packaging in China

China’s health authority has confirmed the detection and isolation of living novel coronavirus on the outer packaging of imported frozen marine fish the port city of Qingdao.

It is for the first time in the world that living novel coronavirus has been isolated from the outer packaging of cold-chain food, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement on Saturday.

In July, China suspended imports of frozen shrimp after the deadly virus was found on packages and the inner wall of a container.

 

India COVID tally

61,871 new infections, 1,033 more fatalities in country

India’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 74,94,551 with 61,871 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 65,97,209 pushing the recovery rate to 88.03%, according to the Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,14,031 with the virus claiming 1,033 lives in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 a.m. showed.

The number of active cases of coronavirus infection remained below 8 lakh for the second consecutive day. There are 7,83,311 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprise 10.45% of the total caseload, the data stated. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.52%. – PTI

Mumbai

Mumbai airport offers express RTPCR tests for passengers

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has introduced its express COVID-19 RT-PCR test facility for all passengers departing from the airport.

This facility is also available for non-passengers visiting the airport to drop off or collect their loved ones.

“This initiative addresses passenger concerns regarding the different COVID-19 regulations across domestic and international destinations,” Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), the airport operator said in a statement.

Kerala

Despite a drop in tests, fresh cases in Kerala edge past 9,000

Kerala reported 9,016 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday from 52,067 samples.

The test positivity rate stood at 17.31%, higher than the 14.05% of the previous day. After testing 73,816 samples on October 7, the highest number, subsequent days showed testing drop to 38,259 samples on October 12. Samples tested in a daybarely went above 50,000, since then. The sudden drop in testing has been attributed to technical glitches in the new Lab Diagnosis and Management System.

The total samples tested in a day, as given out by the Health department, does not specify daily tests carried out daily to detect new cases. Since the total samples includes repeat samples and antigen tests done prior to discharging patients (on average, 7,500-8,000 a day), actual samples tested to detect new infections daily were described as likely lower than the claimed figure.

 



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Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters take to the streets in Thailand, defying a crackdown for a fourth day


Hundreds of Thai anti-government protesters demonstrated in Bangkok on Sunday, again defying a ban on protests against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the powerful monarchy.

Demonstrations have persisted despite the arrest of dozens of protesters and their leaders, the use of water cannon and shutdowns on much of Bangkok’s metro rail system in a bid to quell over three months of street action.

Protesters moved quickly from point to point, posting different sites for possible demonstrations on social media.

“We will stay until it’s over or move to another location with other activists,” said Dee, 25, one of several dozen protesters at Asok, one of the busiest interchanges in Bangkok.

Pro-democracy protesters sit outside the Asok BTS skytrain station after it was closed ahead of a possible anti-government rally in Bangkok on 18 October.

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Hundreds gathered at the Victory Monument, nearly five kilometres away by road.

A few police gathered on the other side of the interchange at Asok but did not immediately intervene.

“We are committed to maintain peace and order. In order to do so we are bound by laws, international standards, human rights,” police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen told a news conference.

Protesters demand the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former military ruler. They have also become openly critical of King Maha Vajiralongkorn despite lese majeste laws that can mean 15 years in jail for insulting the monarchy.

The Royal Palace has made no comment on the protests but the king has said Thailand needed people who love the country and the monarchy.

On Thursday, the government banned all political gatherings of five or more people. 

During demonstrations by tens of thousands of people at multiple points across Bangkok on Saturday, protesters painted a flag on the road with “Republic of Thailand” written across it. The writing was painted out overnight.

Across Thailand, demonstrations were being organised in at least 19 other provinces in solidarity on Sunday. Solidarity protests were also being held or planned in Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden, France, the United States and Canada.



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