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Rung faces new charges – damage to potted plants set at 5.9m baht

PROTEST leader Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, today (March 7) went to Samranrat police station to acknowledge charges stemming from the demonstration on February 13 that started at the Democracy Monument and later shifted to the City Pillar Shrine and ended in a melee with the police with the cost of moving and damaging potted plants there set at 5.9 million baht, Thai Rath newspaper said.

Rung said she and another five to six friends are being prosecuted for the demonstration that day. The charges she faces include violation of the emergency decree, the Cleanliness Act and the Disease Control Act with damages in moving and damaging potted plants fixed at 5.9 million baht.

She added that she had been summoned on Thursday March 4 but as it happened the summons reached her that very day so it was shifted to today.

Rung also said that she would not be joining the demonstration this evening because she wants to spend time with her family as tomorrow she has to go to court for another case and fears bail might be denied. This case stems from  the September 19, 2020 rally where she and her friends face charges under Section 112 of the Criminal  Code, known as the lese majeste law, Section 116 and violating the emergency decree.

While not worried, Rung said is concerned about not being able to continue her studies and sit for exams but is prepared for this because this is the course of the battle being waged.


Rung talking to reporters today. Photos: Thai Rath



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