THE United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration had issued a call for all those who love democracy to dress in black today (April 6) to mourn the justice system as two detained protest leaders continue with their hunger strike with Penguin’s fast reaching the 20th day, Thai Rath newspaper said.
People’s Party leader Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, and Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, are facing charges of violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law, and have gone on a hunger strike in order to be allowed to be bailed out.
The group said it is hard to imagine what Penguin is going through after 20 days without food. He is now unable to walk and has difficulty speaking but even so he sent “greetings to the people” as today is Chakri Day.
Rung has been fasting for seven days now and while her lawyer said she looks brighter, this is because she is sleeping more than usual as there is not much to do behind bars and she could only put up with the situation and fight in the way she could. She sent word that she misses everyone.
The Thammasat group called for the abolition of the Section 112 of the Criminal Code to reclaim justice for all its fellow fighters while stating that the justice system had now become a tool of some classes to uphold the feudal system.
Top and Home Page: Penguin, left, and Rung, right. Photo: Thai Rath