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Demonstrators face a string of charges for yesterday’s rallies

POLICE are moving to file various charges against the groups that staged rallies at various places in Bangkok yesterday with most of them having ended at 8.30 p.m., Siam Rath newspaper said this afternoon (June 25).

Three key groups, the Thalufah (Through the Sky) village led Mr. Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, or Phai Dao Din, the People’s Party led by Mr. Anon Nampha, and the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration led by Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, had first got together for a candle lighting activity to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the June 24, 1932 revolution by the Khana Ratsadon that transformed Thailand from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy.

After that they marched to Parliament complex where they gave speeches from 12.40 p.m. to 4 p.m. when the rally there was dispersed with those attending told to go to the Skywalk at Pathumwan intersection for a new round of demonstration that took place from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Meanwhile the People’s Unity Group for Thailand led by red shirt leader Jatuporn Prompanheld held a rally at Phan Fa Lilat Bridge  till 4 p.m. then moved to Ratchawinit School on Phitsanulok Road where more speeches were given till 7.45 p.m.

A fifth group led by Mr. Nitithorn Lumlue, or attorney Nok Khao, gathered at Uruphong Intersection at 2 p.m. and then moved the procession to the front of Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon and gave speeches there till Until about 8:30 p.m.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai, deputy chief and spokesman of Metropolitan Police, and Pol. Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, said the charges the demonstrators face include organising activities that risk the spread of infectious disease in violation of section 9 of the emergency decree with the penalty being not more than two years in jail and/or a maximum fine of 40,000 baht.

Committing similar offense under the Communicable Diseases Act with this entailing a maximum fine of 20,000 baht.

Placing or stacking objects on the road, which is an offense under Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country, and liable to a maximum fine of 10,000 baht.

Obstructing traffic, which is an offense under the Road Traffic Act, and liable to a maximum fine of 500 baht.

Using an amplifier without permission, which is an offense under the Controlling Public Advertisement by Sound Amplifier Act, and liable to a maximum 200 baht fine.

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Top: Demonstrators marching towards Parliament complex yesterday.

Home Page: Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya and Pol. Col. Krisana Pattanacharoen addressing a press conference today. Photos: Siam Rath

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