The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in Pattaya and Thailand news.
This weekly feature takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, following up on the progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place as promised in Pattaya and Thailand.
As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance, however, are roughly in order of publication. This week, we cover the first week of AUGUST 2020, from Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 to Saturday, August 8th, 2020.
1. Unidentified Thai man with knife causes a scene on Beach Road, cuts himself causing serious injury
This particular story was recorded by multiple pedestrians and people in the area and gathered a lot of attention locally last August. Police and law enforcement, in particular, were given praise for how they managed to distract and take down the man holding a knife in public on the beach with nobody, including the suspect, getting harmed.
2. Multiple suspects arrested in Si Racha after brawling into a local hospital
Brawls at hospitals, usually caused by two conflicting groups of friends or the family of patients, were an issue last year in several places in Thailand. This particular incident helped police step up security procedures at hospitals to avoid repeat incidents.
3. Search continues in the sunken ferry for three missing people from Koh Samui ferry capsizing, foreign divers lead the way
Many of you may remember the sinking Koh Samui ferry from last year in Thailand which was a major event and was well-covered. If you don’t, here is a recap of the situation:
4. Royal Gazette officially announces seven new Ministers in Thai Cabinet
A major political change last year, some of it sparked allegedly by disputes between advisors on economy/health issues between Covid-19 measures and those meant to restore the economy. That continues a year later.
5. Thai Anti-Government leaders bailed out, heavy protests in the heart of Bangkok
A year later, protests continue, although with the Covid-19 situation continuing to be a major problem for the country the direction of the protests has changed since last year, although many of the prime protest leaders involved, like Penguin or Arnon, remain the same. Penguin surrendered to police just yesterday, August 8th, 2021, for recent protests and alleged violations of Covid-19 related assembly and emergency decree laws.
That is all for this week, we hope you and yours stay safe!