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Penguin ‘completely exhausted  after 11 days of hunger strike’

THE United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration posted a message today (March 27) that People’s  Party leader Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, who went on a hunger strike after being refused bail and held in pretrial detention over charges of violating Section 112 of the Criminal  Code, known as the lese majeste law, is now completely fatigued after 11 days without food, Siam Rath said.

The Thammasat group said Penguin is now so weak he has no energy to walk but is still able to talk and write. Images of him showed that he remained determined and cheerful.

However the Corrections Department issued a conflicting statement saying that a doctor examined Penguin yesterday (March 26) and that all his vital signs are normal, Sanook.com said

His body temperature was 36.5 degrees Celsius, blood pressure 122/78 and pulse rate 78, weight 105 kilogrammes, but he has developed hypoglycemia and continues to be treated for a rash.

He is drinking water, syrup and electrolyte drinks and milk to balance blood sugar levels instead of eating. He is able to carry out daily activities and talk to his lawyer and police while is also sleeping normal.

The Corrections Department also denied that another protest leader, Ms Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, and Mr. Phomsorn Veerathamjeen ,or Fa, had gone on a hunger strike as mentioned in social media.


Top: Penguin giving the three-finger salute upon being taken to court on March 20, 2021. Photo: Siam Rath



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