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Containers brought in to block Sanam Luang

A MEMBER of Thammasat Alliance and Rally this morning (March 20) posted photos of containers being placed across Sanam Luang area to thwart a  rally being held there this evening by REDEM (Restart Democracy), Siam Rath said.

Ms Benja Apan said in a post accompanying the photos, with one of them showing coils of barbed wire being rolled out, that the containers have been placed from  opposite Wat Mahathat to the opposite of the Supreme Court.

Today’s rally is to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. without there being any leaders to guide the protesters. There will not be a march but various activities will be held with detained lawyer Anon Nampha’s friends to read out his statement at 7.19 p.m.

Meanwhile the Human Rights Lawyers Association said in their Facebook page that one suspect, Mr Anucha (surname withheld), 47, who was detained under charges of violating Section 112 of the Criminal  Code, known as the lese majeste law, was to be released from Bangkok Special Prison last evening after spending 24 days there.

His lawyer had placed 150,000 baht cash from Rasadorn Prasong Fund to bail him out. 

Anucha held up a large vinyl placard at a recent demonstration at the Royal Thai Police headquarters.

Meanwhile Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, who is also being detained on charges of violating Section 112 of the Criminal  Code as well as Section 116 together Mr. Jarupat  Boonpattararaksa, or Phai Dao Din, and Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike Rayong, for the demonstration on September 19, 2020 sent a message praising the judge who released the Section 112 suspect on bail saying his decision showed  his continued adherence to the legal and ethical principles.

It also indicated that there is some justice in this process, she added.


Top: Containers placed near Sanam Luang today.

Home Page: Rung praised the judge who released a Section 112 suspect on bail. Photos: Siam Rath

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