Police chief transferred after protesters rally at police station, hang banner calling for monarchy reform

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A district police chief was abruptly transferred from his post after pro-democracy protesters staged a rally and hung banners at a police station in the Isaan province Chaiyaphum. Protesters called for monarchy reform in Thailand and democracy in Myanmar following the military coup.

Protesters from the People’s Group, also known as Ratsadon, marched from a local school to the police station where they hung a banner saying “Reform the Royal Institution” and another saying “#SAVEMYANMAR.”

Sometime after the protest, superintendent of Phu Khieu district police, Permsook Siripala, was immediately transferred to an inactive post at an operations centre until further notice.

Commissioner of the Third Region Provincial Police Bureau, Panurat Lakboon, who issued the order, says the superintendent allowed the banner to be hung up, a move that lacked responsibility and discipline.

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To show his commitment to police discipline, Panurat shaved his head. He says police must cherish the royal institution with the highest respect.

Panurat plans to press charges on protesters for allegedly violating the Emergency Decree and the Communicable Disease Act.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Thai PBS

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Caitlin Ashworth

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.

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