Connect with us


Detained protest leader Arnon Nampa named as influential leader in “Time 100 Next”



PHOTO: Prachatai

A prominent protest leader and human rights lawyer in Thailand, who is currently in court detention, was named in Time magazine’s “Time 100 Next” as an influential leader, calling him “the lawyer who broke the silence around Thai Monarchy.” The recognized activist Arnon Nampa is being held at Bangkok Remand Prison along with 3 other prominent protest leaders on lèse majesté charges which carry an up to 15 year prison sentence for insulting the Thai Monarchy.

Time Magazine says Arnon has Thailand’s establishment “quaking.” Arnon has been a leader in the recent youth-led pro-democracy movement in Thailand, demanding monarchy reform. The topic considered taboo in Thai society and a slip of the tongue on the subject can land you in jail. Arnon has been arrested multiple times on charges relating to the protests.

Arnon has energized young Thais with his demands to strip political power from the historically sacrosanct royal family and shred the military-drafted constitution. As a result, he has been arrested three times in recent months and charged with sedition. -Time

Another prominent protest leader, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, aka, “Rung,” was named in BBC’s “100 Women of 2020,” a list of women who are driving change in challenging times. The 22 year old also faces lèse majesté charges related to the protests. 

The demonstrations are the largest since the 2014 military coup. The activists have been pushing for an end to the military-run government and for the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is a former general. With the protest movement coinciding with the Covid-19 pandemic, many protesters have faced charges for violating the Emergency Decree. Some of the large demonstrations have also led to clashes with riot police who have used water cannons laced with tear gas to break up the crowds.

Many activists also face charges under the lèse majesté law. United Nations human rights experts have spoken out against Thailand’s “severe” use of the law, saying it’s been used to “curtail criticism of the monarchy.” Activists are now calling on the government to abolish the lèse majesté law, which is under Section 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code.

Arnon says he was fearful about pushing for monarchy reform at first and wondered if it was too soon to raise questions about the Monarchy. But when he saw how many young people supported the movement, it gave him hope that Thailand can change, he says.

“We gave been living under the dictatorship for so long and the expansion of monarchy power had never been talked about. But when we can talk directly about it, it gives me hope that we can change our country.”

SOURCES: Time | Nation Thailand


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



  1. Slugger

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Show some respect for what you cant comprehend. When you get out of course.

    • Michael

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      Respect for what? A military dictatorship?

  2. Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    calling him “the lawyer who broke the silence around Thai Monarchy.”…….. well he may of broke the silence but he’s definitely paying for it now in ‘Silence’ in his cell.

  3. John_2

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    And Hitler was voted TIME magazine Man Of The Year for 1938.

    TIME = Deep State propaganda rag.

  4. Bill

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    heil sig!!

  5. Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    PM Prayut will be annoyed. Aron the prominent protester leader is declared an influential leader, and he is not.

    • Issan John

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:14 am

      He was actually named as an “emerging” leader, not an “influential” one, so any PM is hardly likely to be in that category.

  6. Ian

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 6:31 am

    Hes still up thier ij he’s a emerging leader and a influencer and maybe one day the leader of thailand so the fight wasnt for nothing but time will tell us the final outcome didn’t see any Thai or Myanmar so called leaders on the list 555

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Bangkok Travel8 hours ago

Ari All Link is a must-attend skill-up workshop for Ari people

Cannabis News11 hours ago

Anutin responds to photo of cannabis smoking kids on Pattaya Beach

Education11 hours ago

Thai student allegedly raped by Hyderabad U professor

Sponsored17 hours ago

Marketing in Thailand as a Foreigner: Volume #3 The Marketing Noises

Tourism12 hours ago

Phuket welcomes 6,730 flights in December

Tourism12 hours ago

Thailand tourism predicted at 80% of pre-Covid in 2023

Transport14 hours ago

Bangkok airport expansion prepares for bidding war

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime14 hours ago

Child Protection Foundation leader faces child labour charges

Road deaths15 hours ago

Red-Bull hit-and-run prosecutor dismissed

Transport15 hours ago

Phuket flight cancellation due to earlier cancelled flight, runway maintenance

Election16 hours ago

Pheu Thai Party under fire as Tuhao-Shinawatra connection exposed

Video16 hours ago

THAIGER PODCAST | Ep.14 Saving Thai cats one paw at a time

Tourism17 hours ago

Bullets-in-bag Israeli given 18 months in Thailand

Video1 day ago

Thailand News Today | 9 year olds smoke cannabis on Pattaya Beach in Thailand

Economy1 day ago

Thai baht soars to six-month high against US dollar

Pattaya1 day ago

Motorcycle taxi riders rally against unlicensed ride-share app drivers in Pattaya

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11