Thai police have begun to issue warrants and make arrests after several protests in previous weeks were found to be in violation of a new ban on assembly.
At least 757 people face criminal charges for joining the protest against Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha’s administration between July 2020 and July 2021, according to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.
Fifty-one of them are minors.
113 people have been charged with lese-majeste which carries a jail sentence of between three to 15 years and 107 have been charged with sedition, which carries a jail sentence of up to seven years.
The rest have mostly been charged with computer-related crime and violation of the state of emergency.
After a car mob on August 2, the police have started to issue arrest warrants, mostly for protest leaders who they said have violated their bail condition for organizing protests.
A total of 13 people has turned themselves in between August 8 and 9 and nine of them have been denied bail and are now in pretrial detention.
- Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak – a co-founder of the main student-led protest group, the Ratsadon
- Natchanon Pairoj – the current chairperson of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration (UFTD)
- Sirichai “New” Natueng – a co-leader of the UFTD
- Phromsorn “Fah” Weerathamjaree – a protest leader from the Ratsadon
- Panupong “Mike Rayong” Jadnok – a co-founder of the Ratsadon
- Tatchapong Kaedum – a protest leader from the Ratsadon
- Thanapat or “Poon” (last name omitted) – an activist from the Ratsadon
- Panadda or “Tong Thalu-Fah” (last name omitted) – an activist from the Ratsadon
- Jatupat “Pai Daodin” Boonpattararaksa – a co-founder of the Ratsadon
Many of the protest leaders are facing multiple sedition and lese-majeste charges.