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In an interview, Wiboon said that the recently 10 officers five of whom were police in uniforms and the other half officers in plain clothes came to his house in Phu Khieo sub-district of the northeastern of Chaiyaphum while he was away.
He added in the interview that this week the sub-district chief phoned him to ask about his activities after his son was arrested and asked when he will return to Chaiyaphum.
Wiboon told the sub-district chief that him and his wife have come to to Bangkok to visit Jatupat, who is now detained in Bangkok Remand Prison.
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Since the arrest and detention of the of his son and 13 other anti-junta activists last week, Wiboon has been actively participated in campaigns to support the 14 embattled activists.
On Monday, he submitted a letter to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC), urging the rights agency to investigate the arrests and the charges against the 14 activists.
“The expression of political ideas is the basic freedom and rights of the democratic political system and principle of human rights, which the state is obliged to protect and support not obstructing,” stated Wiboon’s letter to the NHRC.
The military court detained the 14 embattled anti-junta activists most of whom are students at an early hours on 28 June 2015.
They are accused of violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 7/2014, which prohibits any political gathering of more than five persons for holding symbolic events to commemorate the 2014 coup d’état on 22 May.
In addition, the 14 are also charged under Article 116 of the Criminal Code, the law on sedition, for holding anti-junta political activities. If found guilty, the activists might face prison terms up to seven years.Read more...
The Thai military officers in plainclothes have visited Prachatai’s Office in Bangkok to ask about Prachatai’s activities.
At around 11 am on Thursday, 2 July 2015, three military officers in plainclothes from the First Infantry Regiment of Bangkok came to Prachatai Office.
The plain-clothed officers spent about 20 minutes to discuss about Prachatai’s recent activities. The officers, however, did not enter into the office.
The officers also requested to have contacts of Prachatai personnel and took pictures of the office and surrounding areas.
They are still deployed in front of the office. However, the officers have not requested to search the office as rumours on social medias.Read more...
Thai police summoned a human rights activist for interrogation over an academic seminar involving discussions about the Thai monarchy.
On Wednesday, 1 July 2015, Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, a human rights activist known for her works with slum dwellers in Bangkok, told media that the police officers from Pak Khlong Rangsit Police Station of Pathum Thani Province summoned her for an interrogation over a seminar titled ‘83 Years of Thailand’s Development after the 1932 Revolution of Siam’.
The seminar on the post-absolute-monarchy Thailand was held at Rangsit University in Pathum Thani on 22 June 2015. It was participated by Sulak Sivaraksa, a well known critic of Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lese majeste law, Olarn Chaiprawat, the former advisor to an ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Prateep, and other high profile academics.
The summoned letter was issued by the police station on 26 June 2015, ordering her to report to Pak Khlong Rangsit Police Station on 9 July. It mentioned in the summon letter that the seminar’s content involved references about the Thai King.
According to Matichon Online, Prateep suspects that participants of the seminar might have filed a lese majeste complaint against certain speakers of the event .
She added that the complaint might be against Sulak Sivaraksa, a royalist who is known for his firm stand against the lese majeste law.
Last year, Sulak was accused of defaming King Naresuan, an ancient king of the Ayutthaya Kingdom who reigned about 400 years ago, by raising doubts at the seminar on Thai history about the historical battle between the ancient Thai king and a Burmese general.
Suluck told Prachatai in a video interview that Article 112 is only for the protection of the present monarch, the Queen and the Crown Prince
The notorious lese majeste law or Article 112 of the Criminal Code clearly states "Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, Heir-apparent or Regent shall be punished (with) imprisonment of three to fifteen years."Read more...
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – On Monday morning, employees of the Royal Thai Consulate-General of Los Angeles and nearby pedestrians were greeted by protesters standing in support of the 14 students who were arrested in Bangkok on June 26.
On Monday, June 29, ENGAGE, a non-profit network called for a return of democracy in Thailand through a protest outside the Thai Consulate in Los Angeles. (Photo credit: Jeremy Starn)
Young activists entered a cage installed in front of Thammasat University to support the 14 anti-junta activists
The students activists from the League of Liberal Thammasat for Democracy (LLTD) on Wednesday, 1 July 2015, placed a cage as a replica of prison cells on the pavement in front of the wall of Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, in Bangkok.
At 14:40 pm several students started to enter the cage to take pictures and post it on social medias to start a viral campaign to support the 14 anti-junta activists who are now in prison for participating in peaceful gatherings to commemorate the 2014 coup d’état on 22 May.
According to the LLTD, every one can enter the cage to symbolically show support for the activists under custody.
“Under the current circumstance, when our freedom of expressions is limited in public spaces. It is as if our lives outside prisons are being controlled under an invisible cage at all times without noticing it to the point that we might think that it is normal,” the LLTD group’s wrote on the group’s facebook profile.
Students enter a cage in front of the Tha Prachan Campus of Thammasat University to show support for the 14 embattled anti-junta activists under custody on 1 July 2015 (courtesy of LLTD)
One of the placards is a message from Kasian Techapeera, a renowned anti-junta political scientist of Thammasat and Chulalongkorn University, which reads ‘I’m proud to have been your lecturer’.
Some other placards attached to the campus wall read ‘Release the 14 student activists unconditionally’, ‘Nobody is behind this [anti-junta activities] except ordinary people who love democracy’, ‘Dictatorship will be destroyed and democracy will triumph’.
Bangkok’s Military Court on 28 June granted custody permission to detain 14 student activists who are accused of violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 7/2014, which prohibits any political gathering of more than five persons for holding symbolic events to commemorate the 2014 coup d’état on 22 May.
In addition, the 14 are also charged under Article 116 of the Criminal Code, the law on sedition, for holding anti-junta political activities. If found guilty, the activists might face prison terms up to seven years.Read more...
The Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS), a public media outlet supported by the state, might face 50,000 Baht fine from the Thai authorities for broadcasting a program about the backgrounds of the 14 embattled anti-junta student activist.
According the Nation Breaking News, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBCT) summoned the executive board members of the Thai PBS over a TV news program called “Before becoming a New Democracy Group: Looking Back to the Movements of the 14 Student from Dao Din and in front of Bangkok’s Art and Culture Center”, which was broadcasted on June 28, for a discussion.
The TV program presented the backgrounds of the 14 embattled anti-junta activists most of whom are students, such as the Dao Din Group from the northeastern Khon Kaen Province, who has long been engaged in activities against a gold mine in Loei Province together with the locals.
The program pointed out that the 14 anti-junta activists were also engaged in activities against the Amnesty Bill, a bill aimed to give impunity to people involved in the 2010 political violence and Thaksin Shinnawatra a controversial ex-Prime Minister, proposed under the last elected government under Yingluck Shinawatra, the former PM before the coup d’état.
A source in NBTC told Prachatai that the NBTC’s broadcasting committee has not made any decision regarding the measures which the Thai PBS might face and that the committee might finalise the decision on the matter next week.
There not been any official response from the Thai PBS. However, Nattaya Wawweerakhup, a Thai PBS program host, on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, posted the content of Article 37 of the 2007 Act to Assign Radio Frequencies and Regulate Broadcasting and Telecommunication Services on her facebook profile and urged her colleagues to study it.
Last year, the Thai junta pressured Thai PBS to remove Nattaya from a TV program she was hosting called “Voices of the People that must be heard before the Reform” because she asked questions, which led people to make negative remarks about the 2014 coup d’état.
In brief, Article 37 of the act states that the NBTC shall refer to Article 27 of the act to issue notifications or fine TV stations, which broadcast inappropriate content prior to suspending broadcasting licenses. Media establishments which act against the broadcasting act are liable to face 50,000 Baht fine (1,481 USD).
In early May 2015, the NBCT issued an order to shutdown Peace TV, a TV station affiliated with United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), a red-shirt group.
According to Natee Sukonrat, the chair of the NBCT’s Broadcasting Committee, the decision shutdown Peace TV to was made because the TV station repeatedly broadcast inappropriate programmes which are sensitive to national security.
Supinya Klangnarong, one of the members of the NBTC’s Broadcasting Committee, however, posted on her twitter account that she voiced opposition against the NBTC’s measure.
"I agree that, in principle, the NBTC should increase its efforts to regulate TV channels to prevent the problem of reproducing hatred and incitement, but it should be proportionate," Supinya wrote. "We should not just jump from never using power to using power to the maximum extent," Khaosod English quoted Supinya as saying in late April.
"From what I have seen, Peace TV does not use rude language like another channel that belongs to the same political group. The content may be seen as criticizing state power from a sceptical viewpoint," Supinya wrote on twitter.Read more...
“What is your relation to Supot Jaengrew?”
“He is my grandfather.”
I asked the question after I called out the names of the students in my third-year Contemporary Thai History class. A loud voice answered from the back of the classroom. It was the first time that I had taught and that was the first moment that I met Lukkate, or Chonthira Jaengrew. She is a very slender young woman with a high voice who wears large, round glasses. She is the only woman among the fourteen students from the Neo Democracy movement who were arrested and imprisoned on 26 June 2015.
I asked her, “Do you know that your grandfather is an important intellectual?” She looked surprised and said that she did not.
Lukkate's answer indicated that until then, she was like any other third-year university student whose daily life was comprised of studying and getting together with friends. She was not at all interested in politics or political activism. I do not know whether what I did, telling her how important her grandfather is within Thai political history, was right or wrong. But it became a turning point in her life.
Lukkate came to class early the next week and told me that she had talked to her grandfather. He answered some of her questions but not others, and spoke briefly on some issues and went on for a long time about others. She told me that her grandfather had many books, and that she filched one to read. I took a glance at the book in her hands, Duay Rak Haeng Udomkan (A Love of Ideals), by Wat Wanlayangkul. I told her, “Hey! I adore that book. When I was studying at Ramkhamhaeng, I read it over and over again. Activist students liked to read it.” We chatted for a bit longer, and then she deserted me to go sit at the back of the classroom and I started the class.
Lukkate had another fifteen weeks, or one term, with me. After a bit, she began to change. She liked to raise questions about this and that in the classroom. She liked to read books and sometimes I saw her sitting and reading novels under the Srinakharinwirot University Social Sciences Building. Once it was Pisat (The Specter) and another time it was Fa Bo Kan (The Sky is No Barrier).
Most of Lukkate’s friends at university were fairly progressive. They were interested in politics and understood her, even though they did not always join her in political activism. But I recall one day when she and her friends awakened and organized a candlelight vigil at Srinakharinwirot University to oppose the violent political protest of the Peoples’ Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Many people joined that vigil.
After that, an older friend that I respect called me and said that he wanted to invite the students from Srinakarinwirot University who organized the candlelight vigils to meet and share experiences with other student groups. I remember the day that Lukkate, Khao (a second-year student), and I went to join the meeting. It was late when the meeting was finished and Lukkate invited me to go eat dinner with her new activist friends from other universities. “Eh, you should all go,” I said. She smiled and raised her hands to wai me goodbye. Then she turned back to continue chatting and laughing cheerfully with her friends. I stood and watched until they disappeared into the shadows. A waft of cool air passed, and I felt a sense of hope.
From that day forward, Lukkate’s political activism continued to intensify. We still chatted, but less so than before. Then, on the day that she was arrested by soldiers when she ate sandwiches in opposition to the coup, she asked me to appear as her guardian. She did not want her parents to know what had happened.
In 2015, she was frequently missing from the classroom and doing activism instead. But she finished her studies. She took her final exam on 22 May and then, with no time to change out of her student uniform, she went to express resistance to the coup in front of the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (BACC). This time though, a police notice was sent to her house and her parents severely reprimanded her.
She told me that, “Being arrested does not bother me at all. Being rebuked by my parents is far more upsetting.”
A few days later, she left home and went to stay with friends. She told me that on 24 June, the students planned to file a complaint at the Pathumwan police station against the police officers who used violence against them at the BACC. And then she and her friends really and truly did so.
On the evening of 26 June, I was out at a meeting outside Bangkok. Lukkate texted and asked me to call her and so I did. Her voice was cheerful and held not even a trace of fear. She asked me, “Do I have to go in person to receive my diploma? I want to quickly go get it and keep it with me.” I recommended this and that to her and we said goodbye. A few minutes after we hung up, she was arrested.
I no longer know what else to say at this moment other than:
“Release Lukkate and her friends! They have done nothing wrong!”
Translated by Tyrell Haberkorn.
Experts on energy, state officials, and entrepreneurs in southern Thailand call on the Thai authorities to scrap a plan to build a coal-fired power plant in the region, saying that the lucrative tourism industry could suffer in a long run.
Transborder News reported that many energy experts, environmental activists, state officials, and business owners in the southern province of Krabi on Monday, 29 June 2015, participated in ‘Andaman Talk: 300 Billion Baht Disaster of Tourism Industry from Coal’, a discussion on the possible impacts of the proposed coal-fired power plant in the province.
Since early 2014, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has proposed a plan to build a controversial 60 billion Baht (about 1.8 billion USD) coal-fired power plant with 870 megawatts (MW) capacity and a coal seaport adjacent to it in Nua Khlong District of Krabi Province.
The plan is favorably viewed by the junta. However, it is much criticised by many environmental groups the local residents who fear future environmental impacts from the plant. According to Prayuth Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, the power plant will guarantee Thailand’s energy security.
On 28 May 2015, he complained “in the future if there is no electricity then don’t complain. Don’t complain if the electricity bill goes up. I would like to make it clear now that if you do nothing then just don’t complain”.
At the discussion on Monday, Amarit Siripornjutakul, the presendent of the Tourism Industry Council of Krabi Province, said that the tourism sector in Thailand should galvanise effort in opposing the construction of the proposed power plant because it might has serious impacts on the province’s pristine coastal areas, which draws in billions of Baht of revenue from tourists annually.
He mentioned that unlike the neighboring Malaysia which has made environmental conservation a priority in order to draw in more tourists, Thailand is losing its competitiveness in the tourism industry in the region because of the weak environment protection frameworks.
Wattana Thanasakcharoen, the president of the Southern Thailand Commerce Chamber, pointed out at the seminar that the tradeoff in energy security and the possible impacts that it might has on the environment is not worthwhile.
Wattana added that Krabi’s revenue accounts for about 10.7 per cent of the national GDP most of which comes from the lucrative tourism industry of the province. Therefore, the government’s claim that the coal-fired power plant would be a good investment for the development of the regional industries is a lie.
At the end of the discussion, 13 organisations, such as the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) and the provincial commerce chambers of Krabi, Phuket, and Phangnga Province read a joint statement to campaign that the government should choose the regional tourism industry over the coal-fired power plant.
“The government must choose between the preservation of the beautiful Andaman Coast that the world is jealous of to keep 300 billion Baht worth of revenue from the tourism industry and the coal-fired power plant which the rest of the world is now closing,” said the group’s statement.Read more...
KOH SAMUI, Thailand – June 29, 2015 – Conrad Koh Samui has taken part in Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, Hilton Worldwide’s largest ever global career event showcasing to young people, the many opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Throughout the month, Hilton Worldwide hotels and corporate offices around the globe are hosting hundreds […]
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Rehabilitation centers, clinics and facilities conjure up many different images for many different people. For some the vision is some sort of concentration camp where you are under constant surveillance and lock-down, some may envisage something akin to a mental hospital with aggressive staff in white coats, some may think of some sort of new […]
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An Australian family appealing for urgent assistance in locating two backpackers who were in the popular Green Mango Club on the 9th of June 2014 hopes newly received iphone footage help with their search. On the night in question Jack-Hansen-Bartel was attacked, his family is now requesting world-wide help from the public in locating two […]
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The online community has been buzzing recently with the discovery ancient wreckage buried on Ban Thai beach. Some guess that it’s a World War II warship; some say it’s a ship’s mast, and some think it’s a chimney of a ship’s boiler. However, everyone agrees on one thing, and that is they want the authorities […]
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25 June 2015
Khaosod English: Three people have reportedly been arrested for their suspected connection to a brief pro-democracy demonstration in front of the United States Consulate in northern Thailand today.
Around ten masked activists gathered in front of the US Consulate in Chiang Mai province this afternoon and held signs pledging their support for human rights, democracy, and non-violence.
The consulate was presumably chosen as the location for the rally because of the US government’s criticism of the 2014 May coup and the junta’s ongoing suppression of civil rights.Read more...
The Thai Military Court sent an anti-junta transgender student activist to face sexual harassment in male prison before releasing her.
According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), on Monday noon, 29 June 2015, the staff judge advocate of the Military court of Bangkok indicted Natchacha Kongudom, a well known transgender anti-junta student activist and Tatchapong Kaedum, her fellow activist.
The two were indicted for breaking the Thai junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s Order No. 3/2015, an order which gives military officers full power to maintain national security, for participating in a gathering to commemorate the 2014 coup d’état in downtown Bangkok on 22 May.
After the indictment, the military court sent the two to Bangkok Remand Prison before granting bail under 10,000 Baht surety to the anti-junta activists and released them.
For Natchacha, however, the court sent her to face sexual harassments in the male compound of Bangkok Remand Prison before the release despite the fact that she has already had a sexual reassignment operation.
Natchacha, an anti-junta student activist, in front of Bangkok’s Military Court on 29 June 2015 (courtesy of TLHR)
Natchacha said that she felt extremely uncomfortable while she had to undergo physical examination in the male prison compound whose staff were all male.
She added that she felt sexually harassed by the prison staffs who performed the examination on her while she was forced to reveal her body during the examination and by other male inmates who verbally harassed her.
Prior to being sent to Bangkok Remand Prison, Natchacha asked the military court to send her to female prison instead because she is a transwoman. However, the court lifted the request, saying that in accordance to the law the suspect is still ‘male’ and there is no law, which stipulates that transwomen are female in Thailand.
According to the Coalition on Democracy and SOGIE Rights (CDSR), the court’s decision is against the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, which states that the dignity and rights of LGBT shall be protected under custody.
“In cases which LGBT persons are under detention, the detained must be protected under custody in accordance to their sexual and gender identifications and that in any circumstance transwomen should not face physical examination performed by male prison staffs,” CDSR wrote in it’s statement.
On 24 June, Natchacha was arrested while she was hospitalised by security officers in plainclothes and brought to the Pathumwan Police Station in central Bangkok for interrogation together with the 14 anti-junta student activists, who are now under custody.
In December 2014, two men who were thought to be military officers in plainclothes assigned to follow her threaten her with rape at the human rights event.
The story of embattled human rights activist Sombat Boonngam-anong, aka Nuling or the Polka Dot Editor, is now reaching the international media. Currently being persecuted by the Thai state in what has become an absolute military dictatorship due to General Prayut invoking Section 44 of the Interim Charter, Sombat is facing approximately five charges, including the possibility of lèse majesté (Section 112).
General Prayut himself has hypothesized that Sombat’s latest venture, selling rice, is politically motivated, with the assumption appearing to be that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is funding his venture. An obsession with a plot is characteristic of this government due to its (hopefully unintentional) fascist tendencies, as explained here. However, it should be pointed out that Sombat used to host TV shows on the Peace TV channel, which used to be the UDD Channel, which was connected to Thaksin.
But, how is the concept of selling rice in itself subversive? What Sombat is doing is buying rice direct from farmers, bagging it in a small operation under the Polka Dot brand, and then selling it. What appears to be so rebellious is buying rice at 15,000 baht per ton, as under the Yingluck rice scheme of a guaranteed minimum price, and then running a form of social enterprise which cuts out the middle men, i.e., the rice mills and the bureaucracy (Ministry of Agriculture etc.) and selling direct to customers.
At the same time, bag deliverers are being paid 15 baht per bag above the going wage. The above-market price combined with an above-market delivery per bag payment are the two aspects of the venture which make it a social enterprise, therefore falling into the same category as the Doi Kham brand founded by His Majesty the King, rather than pure capitalism.
Colonel Sansern Keawkamnerd, the NCPO’s spokesman, has suggested Polka Dot Rice buy all the rice from all the farmers and therefore take over the management of the country’s main agricultural product. This appears to be an attempt at ridicule. But, why shouldn’t all Thailand’s rice be sold as a social enterprise using direct-to-customer marketing?
There are two main groups who may be not particularly happy with this idea. The first is the rice millers and silos owners, who have their own associations and have traditionally served as middle men. They are mainly ethnic Sino-Thais who had few opportunities when Thailand was still called Siam to find employment other than in state-mandated occupations, including rice trading. However, there would still be a need for their services – except that instead of the government paying for them to mill and store rice, the farmers’ associations would do it.
The other group which may be unhappy with this idea would be corrupt officials who make money from monitoring, supervising, and adding red tape to each movement and transaction involving the rice. However, is that not one of the problems that the dictatorship is trying to solve?
But, what about the fact that farmers’ associations are not market experts? The answer is for the farmers’ associations to hire domestic and international rice traders who know what they are doing. In other words, the workers hire the management instead of the management hiring the workers.
Gradually, you have a completely new economic model. Traditionally, at the bottom of the food chain are the farmers, the poorest ones being mainly Thai Lao people farming marginal land affected by all sorts of problems such as salination and over-use of pesticides. In this model, supply is dictated by the state. But, if the farmers operate cooperatively and democratically elect the leaders of their farmers associations - which many already do - who then directly buy in experts to manage the interface with buyers ranging from individuals to companies, thereby cutting out the state, you have the basis of economic democracy.
Some may state that this sounds like communism. However, it is not. A communist state would, via a central bureaucracy, dictate supply, manipulate demand and direct by committee all economic operations via a single party. The fact that the Thai state already controls the supply of rice is, in fact, an aspect of socialism - the command economy - which has sometimes been borrowed by forms of authoritarian government, particularly in developing countries. But, Thailand’s economy overall also has a large private sector, which is why it is a hybrid economy. And, introducing economic democracy in one sector will not change Thailand’s model from being a hybrid one overnight.
The role that Sombat has created for himself as a social entrepreneur is along the right lines. However, he is still essentially a manager hiring staff. And, the thinking is too small, which is why Colonel Sansern Keawkamnerd’s suggestion for Sombat to think bigger is, in fact, an excellent one. Obviously, there is no quick fix for Thailand’s rice problems. The agricultural sector poses socio-political and ethnic questions of concern to all Thais. But, the Colonel should advise General Prayut to start the process towards economic democracy via disintermediation – cutting out unnecessary bureaucracy – immediately.
The farmers and their representative associations should then directly hire talented people like Sombat to put together a management team in order to negotiate what bureaucracy remains and create a business plan. Then, the associations’ hired management, now responsible to the associations, who become the Board of Directors, function as an executive. This executive obtains loans from organizations such as the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives and forges business partnerships. Through this process, the farmers’ associations can supervise the milling, storing, marketing and then selling of their rice, potentially via online platforms for mass sales such as alibaba.
Mistakes will be made, managers will be fired, and things will go wrong. So yes, it may need some regulation, and it should definitely involve independent auditing and state insurance against disasters. But at this stage in the game, there is nothing to lose from the military supporting an approach which allows farmers to take control of their own lives and futures.Read more...
Human rights lawyers condemned the Thai police for hasty arrest of the 14 embattled student activists and the unlawful collection of the activists’ mobile phones.
Yaowalak Anupan, the head of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), said at a press conference on Sunday, 28 June, at Thammasat University, that the arrest on Friday was hasty and unprofessional.
The 14 activists, mostly students, were arrested for political gatherings on 22 May, the first anniversary of the 2014 coup d’état in Bangkok and the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.
After the arrest, the investigative officers attempted to interrogate the activists without their lawyers’ presence. Therefore, activists refused to proceed with the investigation and declared that they would only be represented by lawyers, said Kisadang Nutjarat, a lawyer from the TLHR.
Kisadang pointed out that the activists arrested have the right to their preferred lawyers to prevent the authorities from taking advantage of them.
The activists were also arrested without questioning or taking down of fingerprints because the police were in a hurry to take the activists to the military court and to submit a custody petition before midnight of Friday, added Yaowalak.
TLHR also announced that normally the court closes at 4 pm. Therefore, the operation of the military court until midnight just for these arrests raises suspicions of unprofessionalism.
In addition after the arrest of the student activists, from around midnight until 3 am on Saturday, military and police officers attempted to search a car of a TLHR lawyer parked in the military court compound. The lawyer, however, refused to let officers search her car without a warrant, and stood guard at her car all night as the police refused to let her drive away.
On Saturday morning, after the warrant was acquired, a police officer broke the evidence collection protocol as he seized five phones belonging to the activists without proper evidence-sealing procedure while transporting the evidence. He disappeared with them for ten minutes, after which the officer returned and handed the phones over to an evidence collection officer.
Kisadang Nutjarat from the TLHR stated that evidence obtained via unlawful procedures cannot be used in court.
The lawyer added that during those ten minutes, the phones could have easily been tampered with. Moreover, the unwarranted break-in attempt and lawyer intimidation denotes unlawful action, as well as obstruction of justice.
Kisadang also relayed four messages from the activists to the public at the press conference. First, the activists insist that they are political prisoners accused of political wrongdoing. Second, they do not have intentions to request bail, except in the case of a temporary release for immediate medical attention. Third, all 14 activists reject the authority of the military court and will only go to trial in a civil court.
Finally, the activists called for their release, as well as the release of all other political prisoners, without condition.Read more...
The Thai military and police in the northern Thailand summoned and inspected pro-democracy activists, academics, and students to make sure that nothing would happen during the junta’s cabinet meeting in the province.
Between from 23-29 June 2015, the military and police officers in Chiang Mai summoned and inspected at more than 15 activists, academics, writers, students, and others in the province to make sure that no anti-junta activity would take place during the junta’s cabinet meeting on 29-30 June 2015.
On 23 June, the military officers in Chiang Mai summoned four members of the anti-establishment red shirt group in the province for a talk at Kawela Military Base one of the whom is Pol Sen Sgt Maj Pichit Tamoon, one of the key local red shirt leaders.
At around the same time, police officers from the Special Branch Thai Police (SBP), a police division responsible for national security’s intelligence, came to Chiang Mai University to talk to Somchai Preechasinlapakun, a lecturer of the Faculty of Law of the university, over the junta’s meeting.
The security officers in Chiang Mai participate in the drill to prepare for the junta’s meeting between 29-30 June 2015
Two police officers in plainclothes also paid a visit to Piphop Udomitthipon, an independent writer and translator, to inspect about his background and activities. The officers mentioned that they were assigned to make sure that there would be no disturbance on the junta’s meeting and warned the writer that he will be visited by security officers again if he does not obey.
During the same week, the officers in plainclothes also visited Nithipong Samrankong, another independent writer in the province, who was summoned for an attitude adjustment after the coup earlier, and another local cultural activist.
On 26 June, military officers summoned two members of the Federation of Northern Farmers (FNF) for a talk.
Rodjareat Wattanapanich, an pro-democracy activist and founder of the Book Republic, a bookshop in Chiang Mai, and Direak Khongngoen, one of the FNF’s key leaders, were also inspected by the security officers last week regardings the junta’s meeting.
In addition, several village chiefs and students from Chiang Mai University were also contacted the the security officers at around the same time as well.
According to Thairath Online, over 2,000 military, police, and other security officers are assigned to quell any anti-junta activities that might take place in Chiang Mai during the junta’s meeting.
On 25 June, the military and police officers in the province participated in the drill in preparation for the coming up meeting, Thairath reported.Read more...
On the 29th June, 2015 at 06:40 police in Koh Samui received a report that a fatal shooting had taken place near the Hin Lat Waterfall Bridge at Hin Lat Waterfall Temple. On arrival at the scene the authorities discovered the body of Mr. Chalerm Kampeerapap, a 57 year-old Buddha sculpture maker. The deceased had […]
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