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Military Detains Activists in Chiang Mai at Checkpoint in Chiang Dao District



Siripon Chaipetch and Jindarat Permlarpwirun

Siripon Chaipetch and Jindarat Permlarpwirun


CHIANG MAI – Police in Chiang Mai were order by the Thai Army to find and arrested 2 women activist on Thursday night after they took and shared a photo of themselves holding a sheet of paper reading “No Martial Law” and “No NCPO.”

The military said free expression is allowed only when the second phase of the junta’s reform plan starts in September 2015.

At around 7 pm on Thursday, the military stopped the car of  Siripon Chaipetch, 39, and Jindarat Permlarpwirun, 30, activists with the Thai Volunteer Service Foundation, at a checkpoint in Chiang Dao District.

Pol.Col. Piyapan said Siripon and Jindarat confessed to taking the photo of themselves with the anti-coup signs when they were visiting the mountain peak on 19 November, but insisted that they only shared the photo to their friends on LINE messenger.

Pol.Col. Piyapan said “We warned them that if they do such action again the future, the military may summon them for detention in a military camp to adjust their attitude, in accordance with the military system.

Pol.Col. Piyapan said “This incident should be a warning to all other individuals who have not yet understood about what they should or should not post on social media.”

Siripon and Jindarat were held briefly at a police station and later released without charges.

Meanwhile, A planned seminar held by student activists from Burapha University in the eastern province of Chonburi, were forced canceled after about five to six police and military officers

About six military and police officers at 1.30pm stormed in the Burapha University in the eastern province of Chonburi and coerced the university not to allow a seminar, held by students activists, to be cancelled.
The military claimed they were “not comfortable” with the activity.

Following the military takeover six months ago, Gen. Prayuth has banned any public protests against his regime, censored the media, and ordered the brief detention of hundreds of politicians, activists, and academics deemed sympathetic to the previous government.

Khaosod, Prachatai

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