A PALANG Pacharath campaign event in Thonburi plunged into chaos after two female activists who held a severe hunger strike for weeks arrived with their group to ask questions about Criminal Code Section 112, or the lese majeste law, Matichon newspaper said this evening (Apr. 1).
At 6.05 p.m. the two young activists, Tantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanond and Orawan “Bam” Pupong, together with the Thalu Wang group showed up at the park under Rama VIII bridge in Bang Phlat district carrying vinyl placards quoting the policies of many political parties.
They asked to meet Palang Pracharath deputy leader Mr. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn who was there to give a speech together with other senior party members including Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat, the party’s treasurer, and candidates running for MP in Bangkok. They wanted to question him about his party’s stance on Criminal Code Section 112 and the arrest of an artist for spraying the message 112 on the wall of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha last Tuesday evening (Mar. 28).
However there were guards in charge of security at the event and they had placed metal barriers all around. The activists tried to push their way through leading to a clash with the guards who blocked them.
The activists finally succeeded in entering the park and got close to the stage to the astonishment of the people attending the event.
The emcee on the stage then told everyone to stay calm while urging the young activists to talk nicely about their demands and not resort to violence yet instructed the guards to show them out in order to prevent further chaos.
However there was further commotion lasting 20 minutes before the guards were able to evict the activists.
Young activists clashing with guards at the Palang Pracharath campaign event, above, and Tantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanond, right in above photo, with her group trying to push their way into the park, Front Page. Photos: Matichon