Thai police arrest another leader of student protests, rights group says

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities arrested a student leader on Friday over an anti-government protest last month, a rights group said, just a few days before a big demonstration scheduled for Sunday. Student groups have rallied almost daily around the country since July 18, calling for an end to military influence over Thai politics after a disputed election last year kept junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister five years after he first took power in a 2014 army coup

Reuters August 15, 2020 01:15:37 IST
Thai police arrest another leader of student protests, rights group says

Thai police arrest another leader of student protests rights group says

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities arrested a student leader on Friday over an anti-government protest last month, a rights group said, just a few days before a big demonstration scheduled for Sunday.

Student groups have rallied almost daily around the country since July 18, calling for an end to military influence over Thai politics after a disputed election last year kept junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister five years after he first took power in a 2014 army coup.

Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak, 22, was arrested on the outskirts of Bangkok while traveling to a protest, a video posted on his Facebook page showed.

"I would like to invite you to go to the investigating officers responsible for this case," said a man who identified himself as a member of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police in the video, citing a court's arrest warrant before at least four other men physically carried Parit into a car.

The video was apparently shot by a friend of Parit's and posted to his page.

Human Rights Watch said Parit will be charged for breaching internal security by "raising unrest and disaffection," as well as for breaching coronavirus regulations banning public gatherings by helping organise a demonstration on July 18.

Human Rights Watch said the charges should be dropped and he should be immediately released.

Police on Friday also asked a court to revoke the bail for human rights lawyer Anon Nampa, 35 and student activist Panuong Jadnok, 23, whom they arrested on the same charges as Parit last week, Human Rights Watch said.

The police declined to comment on the arrest or the bail revocation requests when contacted by Reuters.

Prime Minister Prayuth has appeal for unity in light of the student-led protests, and said the government has been restrained with the protesters.

The student protest groups plan to stage a large protest on Sunday to intensify their demand to reform the military-backed constitution and call for new elections.

(Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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