Canadian journalist Dave Walker missing in Siem Reap

Police in Siem Reap province are looking for veteran Canadian journalist and screenwriter Dave Walker, 58, who went missing from his guesthouse under mysterious circumstances on the afternoon of February 14, The Phnom Penh Post reported.

Siem Reap provincial Immigration Police officer Yut Sinin said that Walker had left his room at the Green Village Angkor guesthouse on the afternoon of the 14th, leaving behind his phone, laptop, passport and belongings – and little indication of where he might have gone.

“We are worried about his safety now. Previously, he would usually leave Siem Reap for Thailand for about three or four days, but this time we found that his passport, phone and clothes are still in his guesthouse,” said Sinin, adding that he had posted a notice seeking information on a Siem Reap expat Facebook group.

Sinin said the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh, which handles consular affairs for Canadians, contacted his office on Tuesday morning about Walker’s disappearance.

A representative working on Canadian consular affairs at the embassy confirmed yesterday that they had received a missing persons report, and were investigating the matter.

Sonny Chhuon, with whom Walker co-founded the film production company Animist Farm Films, said that staff told him Walker ducked out of his room at about 2pm on February 14 to allow a housekeeper to clean it, carrying just a bottle of water.


#SHUTDOWN #THAILAND 19 ก.พ. #ภาพที่ต้องจำ… #หลังจากที่เรายอมให้จับ

update 20.

ศาลอาญาให้ประกัน“หมอระวี แกนนำม็อบกคป.กับพวกบุกก.พลังงาน ศาลตีราคาประกันคนละ 1 แสน พร้อมกำหนดเงื่อนไขห้ามยุยงปลุกปั่น ก่อความวุ่นวาย

ตร.บางซื่อ คุมตัว “หมอระวี” แกนนำ กคป. ฝากขังครั้งแรกศาลอาญา คดีบุกปิด ก.พลังงาน- ปตท.-ฝ่าฝืน พรก.ฉุกเฉินฯ ขณะที่ ตร.ค้านประกันกลัวทำผิดซ้ำ





…ตำรวจ คนของปตท.มันโยนสิงของต่างๆ
พวกเสื่อแดงเข้ามาลื้อข้นและขนไป โดยที่ทหารยืนดูตาปลิบๆ …. พวกมันสุมหัวกันปล้นค่ายของเรา…สัก

credit  ทศพล แก้วทิมา


THAILAND : Telecom giant InTouch denies links to Shinawatra family

BANGKOK, 19 February 2014 (NNT) – InTouch has confirmed that it has no involvement in politics and its founder no longer has stake in the company following anti-government protesters’ allegation that the company still associates with the Shinawatra family.

InTouch, one of the largest telecommunications conglomerates in Thailand, on Wednesday issued a statement denying that former PM Thaksin Shinawatra still owned shares in the company. InTouch said it believed that its investors and shareholders had checked the shareholder structure, performance, accountability and strength of the company before investing in its three main subsidies which included InTouch, AIS and Thaicom. The three companies were listed in a stock exchange and they ran business with professionalism, transparency and good governance, InTouch said.

The anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee earlier announced that it would elevate the protests by attacking the businesses belonging to the Shinawatra family. InTouch, formerly Shin Corporation, was founded by ousted premier Thaksin who later sold his shares to Temasek Holdings of Singapore.


THAILAND : Army denies shooting the police-clip

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First Division commander Maj-Gen Wara Bunyasit has denied as groundless a widely-circulated report that elements of his division were involved in a firefight with the police at Pan Fah bridge on Tuesday in which five people were killed and more 60 injured.

He said that all his men who were deployed at protest sites, including Pan Fah bridge, were unarmed and their main responsibility was to take good care of and protect the protesters.

Regarding the clash between protesters and police yesterday, the commander said his men had coordinated with volunteers and medical staff in helping both the police and protesters without discrimination.

He added that he had talked with Pol Maj-Gen Vicharnvach Borirakkul, commander of first division of metropolitan police bureau after the violent incident.


THAILAND : Civil Court throws out petition to invalidate emergency decree


BANGKOK, Feb 19 – Thailand’s Civil Court today rejected a petition to prevent the caretaker government from enforcing its emergency decree, but warned the caretaker government against using force, weapons and violence in dealing with protesters.
The court said the administrative branch was empowered to enforce the state of emergency on the condition that it must avoid a violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

It also warned the authorities not to use force in dealing with protesters, saying such an action would breach Article 17 of the emergency decree.  

Thaworn Senneam, a key leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), filed a lawsuit with the court, charging caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, director of Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order Chalerm Yubamrung and National Police Commander Adul Saengsingkaew with unlawfully invoking the emergency decree.


He said the three high-level officials had ordered police to use tear gas and weapons in dispersing demonstrations, resulting in deaths and injuries of both police officers and civilians.

Mr Thaworn said it was unnecessary for the administrative branch to declare a state of emergency given the protesters’ peaceful demonstrations.

The court’s ruling took effect immediately.

The caretaker government enforced the emergency decree covering Bangkok and its outlying areas — Nonthaburi, Bangplee district of Samut Prakan, and Lad Lumkaew district of Pathum Thani — for 60 days, beginning Jan 22 to deal with anti-government protesters who want caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. (MCOT online news)

#SHUTDOWN #BANGKOK Shinawatra businesses protesters’ next target-CLIP

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban today strengthened the anti-government movement to zero in on businesses owned by the Shinawatra family.

In an announcement at the Chaeng Wattana rally site, Mr Suthep stood firm that the move to oust caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would continue while the political pressure would expand to all businesses controlled by the Shinawatra family.

Buddhist monk Phra Buddha Isara, who has led the Chaeng Wattana venue protest, was standing at Mr Suthep’s side during his five-minute speech to demonstrators.

Phra Buddha Isara expressed delight at Mr Suthep’s visit and moral support to the protesters at Chaeng Wattana, adding that some protesters would move to rally at a high-rise, air-conditioned building tomorrow.

He would not elaborate



Next stop Bangkok! Truck-and-tractor procession driven by Uthai Thani farmers will soon arrive to demand rice payments from Yingluck & co.

Rally leader Anchalee Paireerak: Farmers from Petchaburi and Ratchaburi have just arrived Pathumwan stage (pictured in the main frame)! Tomorrow, 10,000+ Uthai Thani farmers are set to arrive Pathumwan stage around mid-day. The farmers plan to visit Shin 1 building with PDRC supporters.



Next stop Bangkok! Truck-and-tractor procession driven by Uthai Thani farmers will soon arrive to demand rice payments from Yingluck & co.

(image credit: เวทีราชดำเนิน)