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Parit threatens hunger strike if activists charged with lèse majesté are not released

Maya Taylor

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Protest leader and co-founder of the Ratsadon pro-democracy group, Parit Chiwarak, has threatened to go on hunger strike if fellow activists charged with lèse majesté offences are not released. Thailand’s lèse majesté law, officially known as section 112 of the Criminal Code, prohibits criticising, insulting, or otherwise defaming the monarchy. A number of activists have been hit with the charge for their roles in anti-government protests that have been taking place – primarily in Bangkok – since July last year.

Parit, also known by his nickname, “Penguin”, was speaking at the end of a hearing at the Criminal Court in Bangkok yesterday. The hearing concerned the protests of September 19 and 20 at Sanam Luang, in the capital. 7 activists have been charged with lèse majesté and have had multiple bail requests turned down.

The Bangkok Post reports that activist and human rights lawyer, Anon Nampa, is being held alongside Parit at Bangkok Remand Prison, as are fellow activists Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and Patiwat Saraiyaem. Jatupat “Pai” Boontararaksa, Panupong “Mike” Jadnok and Piyarat “Toto” Chongthep are in custody at Thon Buri Prison, and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, aka, “Rung”, is detained at the Central Women Correctional Institution. If convicted of lèse majesté offences, they could face up to 15 years in prison.

There were around 50 to 60 people in attendance at yesterday’s hearing, including staff from various international organisations and embassies. Also in attendance was Pathomporn Kaewnoo from the organisation, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. Chaos erupted in the courtroom following Parit’s hunger strike threat, which was part of a wider address criticising the court’s role in the conflict.

As Parit attempted to continue speaking, the judge adjourned the hearing, ordering a private session for later that day. Before anyone could leave however, Parit stood on a chair to continue his address, calling for the truth to be told. He then threatened to go on hunger strike unless the activists were granted bail, as is usually the case with those facing lèse majesté charges.

His fellow activist, Panusaya, hugged him and he was then surrounded by supporters who locked arms around him, allowing him to finish his speech to applause.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Michael

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Looks like the fat penguin
    is 25 kilos overweight now.

    Better for his health to lose weight anyway.

    FatBoy Penguin only bluffing. He probably never in his life went more than without something to eat.

    Thai Pillsbury Dough Boy also wants world media attention and I think probably fantasizes that these protests will ultimately cause the breakdown of the junta government and the end of the Thai Monarchy and he instilled as new Democratic leader in Thailand.

    Dream On Penguin… no Big Macs for you in the slammer.

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    MARK GOODYEAR

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    fuck the king… he’s a criminal anyway for breaking his sister’s ankles!!

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Reportedly “he said he would go on a hunger strike and consume only water, sweet drinks and milk”

    … hardly a hunger strike ?

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    Ian

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Ij thier is actually a water diet my son went on it for 25 days ,myself I wouldn’t recommend it but each to thier own and at least Parit is getting media publicity if nothing else good luck to him and his quest

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    Ian

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6:20 am

    he should do it anyway, lovely beachball boy. (keep up the good work, you little legend)

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    sam

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    These so-called activities cum protestors started demonstrations before the election was held.Then it erupted with flash mobs,after Future Forward Party was dissolved and their leaders were banned for 10 years in politics,as Thanathorn violated election laws.Apparently,he thought he could override the violations,after a successful election,garnering more than 6 millions votes.He can do what he wants,as he is a billionaire,but not these student protestors due to lack of financial muscle to push for their idealistic demands.It should be up the opposition parties to push for changes in parliament,but they had not been successful so far.Otherwise,they will continue with their unachievable demands until the next election without realization that Covid-19 virus pandemic will definitely affect their lives,if infected with mass protests.

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