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Three protest leaders hospitalized after being rearrested

AN OVERNIGHT rally in front of Prachachuen police station broke up at 4.45 a.m. this morning (oct. 31) after Ayutthaya police station showed up and recorded the rearrest of three of four protest leaders freed by court last evening with all three being admitted to hospital for treatment for injury and exhaustion, Sanook.com reported this morning (Oct. 31).

Set free from Bangkok Remand Prison and Central Women Correctional Institution last evening were Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike Rayong, Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, and Mr. Patiwat Saraiyam, or Bank.

The first three were immediately taken to Prachacheun police station on arrest warrants issued by Nonthaburi, Ubon Ratchathani and Ayutthaya provincial police stations. While the first two revoked the arrest warrants, Ayutthaya station refused to do so.

However when the three protest leaders reached the station Mike fell sick and police called an ambulance from a nearby hospital to take him there for treatment. Former Pheu Thai Party MP Dr. Tossapon Serirak went with him and he was later transferred to another hospital.

At 4.30 a.m. after Ayutthaya police finished questioning Penguin and Rung they were both sent to a private hospital for treatment with Dr. Tossapon going along with them.

Penguin had swelling in his right head, shoulder and arm. About 20 pieces of glass fragments were embedded in the soles of his feet and nearly a hundred on his head and seven in his ear. This is what remained after a nurse had already removed some glass shards. He was injured while traveling to Prachacheun police station.

Later this morning @iLawFX tweeted that at 6.15 a.m. this morning Ayutthaya police showed up at the hospital to arrest Mike there. However Mike refused to be arrested pointing out that the arrest process had already begun at Bangkok Remand Prison and it was not necessary to start the process again.


The three protest leaders at Prachachuen police station and in the hospital. Photos: Sanook.com

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