Fifteen university students and political activists turned themselves in to the Samranrat Police Station on Friday to listen to outstanding charges filed against them by the government.
The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), an organization that has been providing legal advice for people arrested by the Prayut Chan-ocha government for organizing, leading or participating in anti-government protests over the last two months, said they are not being charged with sedition.
The 15 individuals are being charged for a small altercation that happened during a political rally at the Democracy Monument on July 18 between protestors and the police.
Some of the protesters include Jatupat (Pai Dao Din) Boonpattarasaksa, a former law student of Khon Kaen University and a political activist with the Doadin Commoner group, and Sirin (Fleur) Mungcharoen, a student and pro-democracy activist from Chulalongkorn University.
Since July 18, 28 people have now been charged by the police for organizing, leading or participating in pro-democracy rallies. Thirteen of them are being charged with sedition, which could land them in jail for up to seven years. (Read more here)
However, currently, all 13 are out on bail.
The list of 15 individuals who reported themselves to the police on Friday can be found below:
- Jatupat (Pai Dao Din) Boonpattarasaksa
- Sirin (Fleur) Mungcharoen
- Lunlana Suriyo
- Wat Leangwattanaram
- Garnniti Limjaroen
- Jaritita Thammarak
- Nattapong Phukaew
- Thanachai Urcha
- Pimsiri Phetnamrob
- Yamaruddin Songsiri
- Chalthit Chotesawat
- Pratchaya Suragumjorrarote
- Taksakorn Musigarak
- Kritsana Gaikaew
- Jakkatorn Doayaem
As of Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., all the protestors have left Samranrat Police Station with seven charges related to the July 18 rally.
Some of the charges include gathering more than ten people with the intention to create chaos within the country, conducting an event with a large crowd which increases the risk of an outbreak, obstructing public spaces and traffic, and using load speakers in a public space without permission.
No sedition charges were pressed against them.
Anon Numpha, a human rights lawyer and political activist, is one of the 13 individuals who was charged with sedition, and he told Thai Enquirer that the government is using any law they can find to silence the people they believe are leading the movement against Prayut’s government.
“What they are doing is simply obstructing the movement to make this fight for democracy even harder for us,” he said. “You can see that we were simply making speeches, which is within our constitutional right, and they have always used this technique against protestors.”
“But it won’t work with us,” he added.