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Warrants issued for key members of Free People movement

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Panupong "Mike Rayong" Jaadnok - Thai Examiner

The Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for 15 prominent members of the Free People movement, which organised the protest held at the Democracy Monument on July 18. 3 of the 15, Thammasat University student Prit “Penguin” Chivarak, human rights lawyer Anon Nampa and Panupong Jaadnok, aka “Mike Rayong”, have already been arrested before and released on bail.

The 12 others, who have not yet been arrested, are named by police as Chuthatip Sirikhan, Lalana Suriyo, Nawat Liangwattanayam, Tadthep Ruangprapaikitseri, Karnnithi Limcharoen, Natthavuth Somboonsap, Chatupat Boonpattharaksa, Chirathita Thammarak, Korakot Saengyangpant, Suwanna Tarnlek, Thanayuth na Ayudhya and Baramee Chairat.

The deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police insisted today that police merely did their job in seeking the warrants, saying protest leaders must strictly abide by the law, especially laws regarding public assembly, disease control and the current State of Emergency.

The deputy commissioner of Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police, commenting on the rallies held by 2 rival student groups at the Democracy Monument today, said that 4 companies of police, or 600 officers, had been deployed to ensure law and order and to make sure the protesters didn’t obstruct traffic.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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