A list: Several protest leaders who turned themselves into police and were denied bail

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.

They include:

  • 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.

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