THE Thalu Fah activist group held a seminar in front of Bangkok Special Prison today (Oct. 23) to continue voicing their four demands with the backdrop of the stage emblazoned with 112 referring to Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law, which they want repealed, Matichon newspaper said.
Their four demands are: 1. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha steps down unconditionally. 2. A new constitution be written by the people and for the people 3. Reform the monarchy and 4. Reform the justice system and return bail rights.
The event started at 4 p.m. and ran till 7. 20 p.m. with the seminar, entitled “Free our Friends, Free our Future,” hosted by Mr. Anon Chawalawan, or Wan, of the Internet Law Reform Dialogue (iLaw) kicking off at 5. 18 p.m.
Portraits of activists jailed were also put up on the prison fence and displayed by participants. Among the latter were artistic depiction of People’s Party leader Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike Rayong, Ms. Benja Apan, leader of Thammasat Alliance and Rally and Mr. Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, or Pai Daodin, leader of the Thalu Fah group.
Penguin’s mother Mrs. Sureerat Chiwarak and Mike Rayong’s mother, Mrs. Yupin Maneewong, as well as Mr. Noraset Na Nongtoom, or Lawyer Ron, from the Centre of Lawyers for Human Rights also participated in the event.
Vendors showed up selling various products including T-shirts screened with anti-dictatorship messages and patterns. A first aid volunteer station was set up at the back of the stage.
Meanwhile, a group of songwriters for the people, led by Mr. Chokdee Rompruek, aka Alek, set up another stage near the entrance to the Klong Prem Central Prison. Police both in and out of uniform were scattered around.
At 4:55 p.m Eh “The Voice” sang the song “Talkin’ Bout A Revolution” to reflect change that starts with a whisper followed by other songs.
The seminar ended at 7.21 p.m. with Thalu Gas protest group setting off fireworks in front of the Klong Prem prison.
The events in front of Bangkok prisons today. Photos: Matichon