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Thammasat group calls a black dress rally in front of court this afternoon 

THE United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration has called for a demonstration in front of the Criminal Court at 4 p.m. today (March 9) with all participants to dress in black to mourn for justice after three protest leaders were denied bail yesterday, Sanook.com and Siam Rath newspaper said.

In a Facebook message the front said participants should also tie a black bow at this mourning with wreaths to be placed at the court.

The Criminal Court yesterday denied bail for the three protest leaders, Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike, and Mr. Jarupat  Boonpattararaksa, or Phai Dao Din, who are facing a string of charges over the September 19, 2020 demonstration at Sanam Luang including one on Section 112 of the Criminal  Code, known as the lese majeste law.

The Thammasat group’s message said: “Our friends have been imprisoned! Justice doesn’t exist. Inviting people to mourn for justice, wear black clothes, place wreaths, tie black bows, to pay tribute to the loss of justice in the country.”

Meanwhile Mr. Ayuth Sinthoppan, the director-general of the Department of Corrections, said Mike and Phai, who face 11 cases including one on allegedly violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, and Mr. Piyarat Chongthep, or Toto, who is charged with violating the emergency decree. have been moved from Bangkok Remand Prison to Thonburi Remand Prison because of overcrowding.

Meanwhile Rung is being detained at Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

The initial steps include writing down their background, giving them a physical examination and then quaranting them for 14 days. No visits are allowed during the quarantine period.

As for people showing up to give them encouragement, Ayuth pointed out that all prisons and their surrounding area are well guarded all 24 hours.


Top: A poster with overlaid headline saying, “appointment to wear black and place a wreath.” Photo: Sanook.com

Home Page: The detained protest leaders Mike, Rung and Phai. Photo: Siam Rath

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