Police raid headquarters of Progressive Movement in latest move against opposition voices

Thai police, on Friday, attempted to raid the headquarters of the Progressive Movement, the political foundation set up by former MPs of the defunct Future Forward Party.

According to the foundation’s official Facebook page, police showed up Friday afternoon at the foundation’s headquarter but were barred from entry by staff.

Police showed up while former MP Piyabutr Saengkanokkul was conducting a live online session on the emergency decree passed by the government.

The attempted raid is the latest step taken by the government since passing the decree to silence dissent and hang on to power.

The new emergency decree, imposed by the government after the protests on Wednesday, allows the suspension of habeas corpus, imprisonment of anyone for up to 30 days without charge, the censoring of the free press and a ban on public gatherings.

Despite the ban on public gatherings, over 10,000 people rallied in downtown Bangkok on Thursday to protest the arrest of student protest-leaders by the government. More rallies have been called with one due at 5 pm on Friday.

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