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5 pro-democracy activists indicted for alleged violence against Queen’s liberty

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Prosecutors indicted 5 pro-democracy activists today for attempting to “harm HM the Queen’s liberty” during a rally in Bangkok last year that happened to be along the same route as a royal motorcade.

The charge for an “act of violence against the HM the Queen’s liberty” carries a minimum sentence of 16 years in prison. For serious attempts to harm the Queen, the charge carries life in prison, or even the death sentence if the Queen’s life is threatened.

The royal motorcade had passed through a pro-democracy rally in October just as activists were making their way to the Government House where they planned to set up camp to put pressure on PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign. Activists have said they were unaware that a motorcade was scheduled for that day.

Photos of the motorcade show crowds of protesters along the road, some raising their hands in the 3-finger salute, a symbol of resistance against the military-run government and monarchy. A previous report from the New York Times said the “act of violence” for some charged activists was apparently yelling at the royal motorcade.

21 year old Bunkueanun “Francis” Paothong is facing charges for an alleged attempt to harm the Queen’s liberty told the Bangkok Post that he had no intentions to do any harm to the Queen.

“I did not have such intentions, nor was I trying to do so. I’ve reaffirmed these facts over the past few months.”

Police cleared the road as the royal motorcade passed by, pushing crowds of protesters out of the way. Another accused activist, 45 year old Ekachai Hongkangwan, says the protesters did not know about the royal motorcade.

“We are just hoping for bail because we did not do anything wrong. We had no idea the royal convoy was coming.”

All of the other accused activists have also denied the charges.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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    Slugger

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Should have listened to the Police then. You wouldn’t be looking at 16 years. A full three finger salute to you too.

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    Raul Torres

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Militar government are forces or order only and need be temporary in power. Time calm is going back a clean election will choose a candidate to run the country in fair democracy. Today is,reason of the caos the country live. Covid is used in extreme to keep people quiet. Today the population live in daily hungry and this today are the demostration to the world and it will non-stop no matter how many protester can be out in jail.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Harming the Queens liberty. That is a new law. So new I suppose it was invented on the day of the protest.

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