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A further 18 pro-democracy activists, including 3 protest leaders, may face prosecution

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A human rights lawyer says a further 18 political activists, including 3 leaders of the Ratsadon pro-democracy group, may face prosecution. Noraseth Nanongtoom from the Centre for Human Rights Lawyers says the activists will appear before prosecutors today, where they face charges related to the September 19 and 20 protests at Thammasat University and Sanam Luang in Bangkok.

3 protest leaders, Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, Panupong Jardnok, and Chatupat Boonpattharaksa have been charged with various offences including violation of Thailand’s strict lèse majesté law, which prohibits insulting, criticising, or defaming the monarchy.

According to a Thai PBS World report, Noraseth says he plans to ask for a delay to indictment proceedings for the 18 accused, to give police more time to question defence witnesses. It’s understood a number of university lecturers and MPs from the opposition Kao Klai party are willing to act as bail guarantors for the 18. However, there is no guarantee that the court will agree to bail, particularly in the case of the 3 charged with lèse majesté offences.

Panasaya, Panupong, and Chatupat are all considered repeat offenders, in the same category as another 4 detained activists who have had their bail requests turned down. Parit Chiwarak, Anon Nampa, Somyos Prueksakasemsook, and Patiwat Saraiyaem have had their bail applications rejected by both the Criminaland Appeals Court on the grounds that they are repeat offenders and may pose a flight risk.

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    Grumpy John

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:28 am

    “Noraseth Nanongtoom from the Centre for Human Rights Lawyers says the activists will appear before prosecutors today ” My brain was reading ‘persecutors today’!

    Maybe I have been using the Free Dictionary to much and it’s distorting reality! https://www.thefreedictionary.com/persecutors

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    Bill Fischer

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:42 am

    From the 3 finger salute to this sign – can Thais actually come up with their own stuff? Be more creative and stop taking the lazy way out.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      If it was intended for a Thai audience it would be in Thai!

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        Fred glue

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:50 pm

        Right again, IJ

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        Bill Fischer

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:52 pm

        If it said the same thing in Thai it would still be copying someone else. I’ve lived here for 30 years. It could be in Thai and I could read it. I’d still have the same response.

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    Slugger

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Activists Lives Matter? Who says they dont? Just show respect. The videos of these animals hurling missiles in the direction of the police is unforgiveable. So police lives dont matter?

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      Jesus Monroe

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      I say both lives matter but respect has not been honoured of either side lately…….until both sides come together and reach a compromise the missiles will keep flying……as to taking the moral high ground about who is an animal is childish as best. I know my comment will probably shit you Slugs as you’re forever telling everyone to grow up so I’ll save you the trouble and tell myself to grow up……..

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    sam

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    “Three fingers salute” from Boy Scouts or Hunger Games would never bring democracy to the country.In the midst of Covid-19 virus spread that is still not contained or controlled,such non-stop protests would not be effective and would be risky to get infected.For Thailand,true democracy would never happen,as history had shown that the politicians were all self-serving and changing of governments every few years occurred regularly without fail. Furthermore,constitutions were amended or changed with each newly-formed government.Corruption is deeply rooted and it would take decades to change this culture and mindset.

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Police investigate “offensive” posts on Facebook pages of jailed activists

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The authorities are investigating the origin of content deemed offensive, which has appeared on the Facebook pages of 2 jailed activists, despite them having no access to phones or the internet. The Department of Corrections has asked the Technology Crime Suppression Division to investigate content posted on the pages of jailed protest leaders Parit Chiwarak and Anon Nampa.

Both Parit and Anon are being held on a number of charges, including sedition and lèse majesté, following a protest in the capital on September 19. Thanakrit Chitarirat from the Ministry of Justice says despite Parit being held at Bangkok Remand Prison, with no phone or internet access, provocative posts are still appearing on his Facebook page. Thanakrit has called the content damaging and in violation of the Computer Crimes Act.

Anan Nanasombat from the TCSD says complaints have been received about posts on Parit’s page both before and after he was imprisoned. He suggests it could be someone with Parit’s log-in information, who is posting on the activist’s behalf.

According to a Bangkok Post report, officials are investigating if Parit is involved in the posts, with a view to taking further legal action against the activist if this proves to be the case. It’s understood the authorities are also monitoring those who share the content as this too could be considered a crime. Similar content is being posted on Anon Nampa’s Facebook page, although Thanakrit says those posts are softer in tone.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Pro-democracy activists rally against corrupt police promotion system

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The pro-democracy group, Ratsadon, held a rally in Bangkok yesterday, this time with their sights set on Thailand’s police force and the corrupt practices involved in promotion. The system in which officers have to pay bribes to senior figures, allegedly including senior politicians, was highlighted in a debate in parliament last week.

Activists met at the Ratchaprasong intersection in the capital at around 5pm and stayed there for an hour, according to a Thai PBS World report. However, most of the speakers were unknown faces, with more prominent leaders, such as Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, aka, “Rung”, and Mike Rayong notably absent. Those who addressed the crowd called on “honest” officers to join them in the fight for justice, as they slammed the widespread nepotism and corruption that is allegedly rife in the police force.

Protesters then marched to the nearby headquarters of the Royal Thai Police and sat on the street outside while speeches continued. At one point, an activist read out a letter which the group says was written by a police officer and addressed to his colleagues. In it, the officer calls on his colleagues to decide if they are serving the people or those in power, and asks them if they think they’ve been fairly treated by their bosses or used for political purposes. After the reading, rally participants were given copies of the letter.

The protest dispersed peacefully around 8.30pm, with organisers saying another rally is planned for today. Activists are being asked to wear black and will gather in front of the Criminal Court in a symbolic show of mourning for the country’s justice system. The “mourning” will last for 112 minutes, to protest Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, also known as the lèse majesté law. Participants will also call for the release of 4 detained protest leaders, Parit Chiwarak, Anon Nampa, Somyos Prueksakasemsook, and Patiwat Saraiyaem.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Pro-democracy group calls for “honest” cops to join them, as corruption exposed in parliament

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The pro-democracy Ratsadon group is calling for “honest” police officers to join a rally taking place today to protest police and government corruption. Protesters are expected to gather at the Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok from 5pm. During last week’s no confidence debate against the PM, members of the opposition accused Prayut Chan-o-cha and his deputy, Prawit Wongsuwa, of involvement in a corrupt system of “payment for promotion” to allow police officers to move up the ranks.

The Ratsadon group is appealing to officers who have not benefited from such corruption to join them in calling it out.

“Good work, well-recognised work, but without lobbying, you will be stuck at the same place. Police, it’s time to choose whether to side with the civilians or the tyrants!”

Coconuts reports that the rally is called, “police mob to defeat an elephant” in reference to the system known as “elephant tickets”, in which prominent figures at the top of the political system sign tickets that promote officers swiftly through the ranks . It’s understood such tickets can be bought for millions of baht and even give the holder a discount on the bribe needed for promotion.

The crooked system was highlighted during last week’s parliamentary debate, with leaked documents indicating the involvement of the PM and Prawit, as well as Thailand’s highest institution. An MP from the Move Forward Party, Rangsiman Rome, was swiftly threatened with the country’s lèse majesté law after he presented a 2019 palace document which backed the promotion of 20 police officers.

Rangsiman says he’s aware of the risk he’s taking in presenting such evidence, but that the system creates a circle of immorality and corruption. He says officers have to maximise the payments taken from human trafficking and illegal gambling operations in order to afford promotion tickets.

“This is probably the most dangerous action I’ve ever taken in my life. But since people have chosen me for this duty, I will fight for them.”

SOURCE: Coconuts

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