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Student activist arrested on charges from protesting

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Thai Post

Police arrested a student while he protesting outside a market PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was visiting. The student Panupong Jadnok, known as Mike Rayong, was holding up a sign saying “1,000 rai sea reclamation. What will Rayong people get?”

Apparently Mike’s land reclamation protest didn’t have much to do with his arrest. He had an arrest warrant for his role in the August 10 protest at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani. The student was also arrested on August 8 for his role in the July 18 protest at Democracy Monument. Mike says his protest yesterday didn’t have anything to do with politics, he just wanted to question government officials about Rayong’s reclamation project.

A report from the Bangkok Post did not say that charges the student faces. In previous reports, protesters at the university rally may have violated Section 112 of criminal code, known as the lèse-majesté law, by offending the Thai Monarchy.

While many activists in the nation are speaking up about the political opinions by holding large protests and calling for democracy, police are investigating to see whether the protesters broke any laws and are issuing arrest warrants. Police say they are on the lookout to see if any protest leaders, who were previously arrested, are out violating their bail conditions by taking part in protests.

Police have also said they used a “electronic monitoring device” at a recent rally as a security precaution and it would only be used if the police noticed something suspicious. The Post did not go into detail about what exactly the equipment is.

With a mass pro-democracy protest planned for September 19, police are now training specialised crowd control units to prepare for the rally.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Preesy Chepuce

    Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Police states do not tend to produce economic growth and prosperity, which is what people need. Science shows that indirect “nudge” tactics work much better than heavy-handed tactics, which only exacerbate resentment and resistance.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Oh dear, a Red Bull vest.
    Not a popular brand at the moment, due to suspicion of the Red Bull family brown enveloping. certain people to allow their relation, the boy racer, off the hook.
    A sartorial disastrous choice for gaining support among fellow protesters.
    A Che Chavara would have been better . . .

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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