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Strong threat issued after jailed protest leader called for help

THE United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration posted a strong threat on its Facebook page today (March 17) after a letter written by detained lawyer Anon Nampha voicing concern for the safety of himself and two other detained protest leaders was published yesterday, Siam Rath newspaper said.

The message said the letter, written in long-hand, called for help after Anon and Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike, and Mr. Jarupat  Boonpattararaksa, or Phai Dao Din, had been wrongly taken out of the prison’s controlled zone several times at night.

Anon had also written in the letter that they were “afraid of losing their lives in prison like Dr Yong and the others. I did not sleep all night for fear of danger. Please save our lives.”

The front said the Corrections Department officials have to provide answers and take direct responsibility for this.

“People are watching you, if you touch our friends, even with the tip of your nails, you will face us. #Release our friends # Cancel 112.”

This post attracted a lot of comments from Thai netizens.

Meanwhile Mr. Shinawatra Chankrachang, or Bright, leader of the Nonthaburi New Generation Network showed up at the Criminal Court at Ratchadapisek road together with four-five other people at 10.30 a.m. and shone a symbolic torch of justice at the building.

He called for the release of eight protest leaders who face lese majeste charges and are being held under pretrial detention. Aside from the three mentioned above the others are Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, Mr. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, Mr. Patiwat Saraiyaem, also known as “Mor Lam Bank, Mr. Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan, a popular singer whose stage name is Ammy the Bottom Blues, and Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung.

Shinawatra read a statement that Penguin stated in court on Monday that he is going on a hunger strike until he is bailed out.

He added that he had come to represent his friends and today’s activity does not focus on the number of people but the truth. The question raised is whether what is being done to his friends is just or not as they have not yet been found guilty but have been locked up in prison where there are murderers and robbers incarcerated.


Top and Home Page: The webpage of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration with the strong threat written across it in bold letters, this says, “People are watching you, if you do anything to our friends in jail, you will face us.” Photo: Siam Rath


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