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2 protest leaders re-arrested while recuperating in hospital

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Sakchai Lalit / AP

3 protest leaders are recovering in hospital following skirmishes outside the Bangkok Remand Prison during their release on Friday night. 2 of the 3, Panupong Jadnok and Parit Chiwarak have been re-arrested, while still recovering at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok. Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul is also being treated at the hospital and it’s understood police are seeking a court order to re-arrest her too.

Panupong, also known as, “Mike”, has been arrested by Rayong officers, after he took part in a protest against PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to the eastern province in August. Meanwhile, officers from Ubon Ratchathani have re-arrested Parit, aka, “Penguin”, at the hospital. He is being charged with sedition over his participation in a rally in the north-eastern province in August. Panusaya, aka, “Rung”, is under 24-hour police watch, while officers seek an arrest warrant for her role in 2 protests in Bangkok in June.

All 3 protest leaders required hospitalisation after being caught up in scuffles that followed their release and immediate re-arrest on Friday night. Despite their apparent release, a prisoner transportation van was waiting outside the court to immediately take them back into custody on other charges, leading to angry scenes among friends and family members who’d gathered to welcome the 3.

Panupong, who it’s believed fainted while in police custody, was admitted to Praram 9 Hospital, with Parit and Panusaya admitted to the facility later on, in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Bangkok Post reports that doctors say they will need a few days to recover.

Police are expected to ask the court to approve the detention of Parit and Panupong in their absence. Officers also claim a group of protesters damaged the transportation vehicle carrying the activists. They say they are compiling evidence against the group, prior to filing charges of property damage and assaulting state officials.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Johnny Rambo

    Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:18 am

    That 3-finger-sign looks like the nazi salute. This is disgraceful. But i guess at least 99% of Thai population does not even know what nazism is. Most of them dont even know the capital of the USA. I have seen monkeys in the jungle who have more education than most Thai people.

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      Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:24 am

      You must have met more monkeys in the jungle! Better for you back to jungle to practice your juggle.

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        Johnny Rambo

        Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:42 am

        You better leave your beloved Thailand before it becomes again a poor third-world-country with life conditions comparable to the Stone Age you little pathetic Thai troll.

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          Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:31 pm

          Sorry, johnny Rant-bo, I forgot to mention, a Nazi salute is done with five fingers and the palm open, with the right arm, not the left arm, and at an angle of about 45%.

          What about in the Olympics in a swimming race using the butterfly stroke, are the swimmers constantly doing a double Nazi salute?

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            Johnny Rambo

            Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 1:57 am

            There is a difference between an inevitable arm/hand movement you have to do in sports and a totally dispensable political gesture that ressembles the nazi gesture. The Thais are so disrespectful in a disgusting way. Do they even know what Holocaust is ???

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      Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      To johnny Rant-go.

      Before you talk of education get your grammar and punctuation right.

      “This is disgraceful. But I guess at least 99% of the Thai population does not even know what nazism is.”

      Did a monkey help you write your comment?

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        Johnny Rambo

        Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 1:38 am

        Go teach English to the Thais, not to me. Most Thais dont even know what a question mark is or how you negate verbs in English. These uneducated savages need your help James. Help them.

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    Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    The German 3rd Reich ‘salute’ does kinda resemble what the protesters are using. The Germans (and Italian) fascist salute actually dates back to the times of the Romans.
    It was surprisingly (perhaps to many) used in the good ol’ USA as the Bellamy Salute, right up to the 1930’s until it was disused owing to its disconcerting resemblance to the Nazi and Italian Fascist salutes.
    BUT, the protesters are making good use of the 3 fingered salute used in the films The ‘Hunger Games,’showing thanks, admiration, and good-bye. Although by now, it is basically regarded as a freedom symbol.

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