Thai Cabinet approves Parliament session to debate protests

BANGKOK – Thailand’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests.

The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27.

The request for the session came from House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, who said Monday that both government and opposition parties supported it. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had already said earlier that he supports the move.

There is a deadlock between the government and the student-led protesters, who want Prayuth to step down, the constitution to be amended to make it more democratic, and reforms to the monarchy to have it conform to democratic norms.

The protesters charge that Prayuth, an army commander who led a 2014 coup, was returned to power unfairly in last year’s general election because laws had been changed to favour a pro-military

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Group protests sale of state fairgrounds to Amazon

DETROIT – A group protested Friday morning against the sale of the Michigan State Fairgrounds to Amazon.

The State Fair Development Coalition says the sale price is too low and questions the number of jobs that will be available to Detroiters if it goes through, WXYZ Detroit reports. They gathered at the fairgrounds to make their voices heard.

Amazon is looking to buy a portion of the fairgrounds at Woodward Avenue and 8 Mile from the city of Detroit for $9 million. The plan is to build a $400 million mega distribution center – 3.8 million square feet – that would create 1,200 new jobs for Detroiters. If the project goes ahead as planned, the center will open in 2022. The plans were announced in August, after more than a decade of failed development attempts at the site.

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