Rights activist on hunger strike as protesters rally at Thai Criminal Court demanding release of Ratsadon leaders

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A labour rights activist began a hunger strike in front of the Bangkok’s Ratchadapisek Criminal Court at 4pm on Sunday, demanding release on bail of all anti-establishment Ratsadon leaders and followers indicted on lèse majesté charges and being held on remand.

The activist, Ms. Patchanee Khamnak, joined several other followers in a rally at the court today, including members of Redem, which is affiliated with the Ratsadon group.

In a written statement, she said that she has been campaigning against the military junta, since the coup in 2006, and has witnessed intimidation and oppression of those oppose the coup, including the use of the judiciary.

Praising the two hunger striking Ratsadon leaders, Parit Chiwarak and Ms. Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, Ms. Patchanee said began her own hunger strike at 4pm today.

The Redem protesters first gathered at the Victory Monument before heading the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court on motorcycles and in pickup trucks.

Parit, or “Penguin”, was transferred from Bangkok Remand Prison to Ramathibodi Hospital on Friday, after doctors at the prison became concerned that he might go into shock due to prolonged starvation.

 

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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