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Thailand’s pro-democracy activists ignore emergency decree warnings over weekend

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Facebook / People GO network

Ignoring a police warning not to violate the emergency decree, pro-democracy activists gathered in their hundreds at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument yesterday. Although the anti-government protests have kicked off again after a 2 month hiatus, the numbers are well down on last years crowds, now measuring more in the hundreds than the thousands.

The Bangkok Post reports that members of the People Go network came together to call for 4 fellow activists to be released from Bangkok Remand Prison. The 4… Anon Nampa, Parit Chiwarak (aka. Penguin), Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, and Patiwat Saraiyaem… are being held on charges of violating section 112 of the Criminal Code (more commonly known as lèse majesté – criticising members of the Thai royal family). All 4 have been denied bail.

Officers from Samran Rat and Songkhram police stations issued statements to say the rally was in violation of the emergency decree. On Saturday, the government used the all-encompassing Covid-19 umbrella to issue a ban on political rallies across 6 provinces, including Bangkok.

Activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, aka, Pai Dao Din, ignored a police order for the rally to disperse and proceeded with setting up a stage at the Democracy Monument. He also gave assurances that the gathering would remain peaceful.

“We are not fighting the police deployed in front of us. We are fighting against dictatorship.”

Activists had walked 250 kilometres, from the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima (also known as Korat), reaching Bangkok’s Kasetsart University on Saturday. Yesterday, they ended their mammoth trek with a walk to the Democracy Monument.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Political Observer

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Power to the People!

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    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:35 am

    What a trite remark. Cant you do better than that?

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    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Power to someone not corrupted and open-minded, better?

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    Political Observer

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    @Slugger: Moron.

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    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    I can slugger ,never give up the cause or your giving up all you uphold and all you have grown to believe is right and fair to fight for a better future for your family your children and your friends this is why these dictators must go immediately or do you want another Myanmar in thailand if you do well you are as crazy as I think you are

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    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Too long winded. As for the rest – meh.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 12:33 am

    it’s pretty clearly not power to these people, though, PO.

    They’ve accepted the wrong allies with REDEM, as suggested months ago, and not only alienated a lot of the supporters they could have had but a lot of the supporters they had before.

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    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Ij this dictatorship have put fear into law abiding citizens who just want fairness they are in fear of thier lives and livelihoods from these dictators or there would be millions on the streets as you well know it takes one to stand up and the rest will follow but it’s gonna take time if you want a Myanmar in thailandcwill just rollover and let it happen or stand up and fight together to make change

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