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4 political activists, including human rights lawyer Anon, released from custody

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Human rights lawyer and protest leader, Anon Nampa, has been released from custody, alongside 3 other pro-democracy activists. Thai PBS World reports that Aekkachai Hongkangwan, Somyot Prueksakasemsook, and Suranart Paenprasert left Bangkok Remand Prison with Anon, just after midnight last night. Their release comes after the Criminal Court rejected a bid by police to retain the 4 in custody.

Anon had spent a total of 19 days in custody on a number of charges, including the most serious charge of sedition. Somyot had been held for 18 days, also on sedition charges. Aekkachai was also held for 18 days, on charges of threatening Her Majesty the Queen. Suranart, facing a similar charge, spent 13 days in custody. Both Aekkachai and Suranart were in the frontline of protesters that were allegedly yelling at a yellow Rolls Royce and motorcade when it passed through a group of protesters on October 14. The following day the Thai PM imposed a State of Emergency, partly related to the unplanned interaction between the protesters and members of the royal family.

Supporters gathered outside the prison to welcome their release, with Anon taking to a microphone to address the crowd. He reiterated the protesters’ demands, saying they have not changed. The anti-government activists are demanding that PM Prayut Chan-o-cha resign, as well as calling for a re-write of the Thai constitution, and reform of the Monarchy. Anon added that the activists’ lawyer had told them there is currently no other warrant out for their arrest.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    Well it seems the tyrant government have not the courts under control yet.
    Locking up protestors just make them protest more, and encourages more protest.
    However, the protestors are not going to have a government election the way they are behaving.
    Saying please does not remove dictators.
    Pickering government buildings, sit ins at government buildings, and following key officials about protesting to them where ever they go, giving them no peace or private life, might.
    They should also post spies at the airport to monitor any of this government arriving from outside of Thailand who do not go through quarantine.
    Shame and discredit them.
    Ask them embarrassing questions such as who paid for your fare? Where have you been and why?
    why are you missing appearing at parliament?
    Who bought you that $20.000 watch?

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    Ameila Leary

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Well, it seems that the dictator’s state is not yet in charge of the courts. Locking up protesters just makes them demonstrate, welcoming more and more protests. Why are you crushing their rights, both political and fundamental? Rung is the first pro-democracy student leader in Thailand to advocate under the constitution for the Thai monarchy to be free. She was already in gaol in the course of unlawful deprivation which suppressed human rights.

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