Thailand Student Charged over Pro Democracy Protest in Bangkok
BANGKOK – Natchacha Kongudom a Thai student was charged on Wednesday over a peaceful anti-coup protest in Bangkok last month, dozens of activists gathered in support as other demonstrators were summoned by the police.
The May 22 rally marking a year since Thailand’s generals seized power was a rare act of defiance against the junta, quashed when the police dragged away and held overnight dozens of students at the protest.
Supporters of seven activists expected to face charges over the protest gathered outside a police station in downtown Bangkok on Wednesday, cheering them on and holding up photos of the protesters being pulled away by the police last month. An eighth anti-coup protester was charged over the May rally at the city’s military court.
Natchacha Kongudom, 21, was charged for violating a junta order banning political gatherings of more than five people, said Mr Pawinee Chumsri, one of the lawyers representing the activists. “She was arrested this morning while at hospital, taken to the military court and charged,” Pawinee told AFP. The charge carries a penalty of up to six months in prison and a fine of 10,000 baht (S$400).
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