Thailand: Junta orders pro-democracy leaders charged with inciting rebellion
Publisher: Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
Date Written: 30/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22529
The junta has ordered seven of the most prominent pro-democracy activists charged with crimes including sedition after they launched a protest campaign calling for general elections to be held in November.
Col. Burin Thongprapai, acting on behalf of the military junta, filed police complaints Tuesday morning at Bangkok's Pathumwan Police Station against the seven well-known activists.
He said that he has solid recorded evidence that the seven protest leaders have violated the junta's ban on political gatherings of more than four and committed acts of incitement against the state.
"We collected their deeds in detail," Burin said, referring to a protest held Saturday on the Skywalk at Pathumwan Intersection.
Several hundred protesters showed that day. Burin, who said he acted on the orders of the National Council for Peace and Order, the formal name of the military junta, said the seven were singled out because they are leaders and committed sedition.
The seven are Sirawit Seritiwat, Nutta Mahattana, Democracy Restoration Group leader Rangsiman Rome, student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, former lese majeste convict turned political activist Ekachai Hongkangwan, human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa and newcomer student activist Sukrid Peansuwan.