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<p>International organizations calling for the release of the 14 anti-junta activists do not understand the Thai political context of the arrests, said a junta spokesman.</p> <p>Maj Gen Weerachon Sukontapatipak, spokesman for the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), stated that the government understands the role of international organizations and does not have a problem with the students’ way of thinking.</p>
<p>The 14 embattled anti-junta activists have requested postponement of pre-trial interrogation while one of the group says that she only exercised her rights as a citizen and refused to acknowledge the junta’s authority.</p>
By Thai students in Europe |
<div>Since the 22nd May 2014 coup d’état, student groups are undeniably one of the leaders in protesting against the coup. They are from various universities, academic disciplines, regions and backgrounds. They may have numerous different political stances, but they come together under one ideal – coups d’etat are illegitimate and must not happen. What the junta, led by Gen. </div>
<p>Fourteen Thai students were arrested on 26 June 2015 and are currently being detained in Bangkok after a series of peaceful protests against the military dictatorship of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). They have been accused of violating NCPO Order No. 3/2558, which prohibits political demonstrations, and Article 116 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits incitement and agitation. If they are formally charged, they are subject to prosecution within the military court system, in which there is no appeal. If convicted, they face up to seven-and-a-half years in prison.</p>
By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich and Yiamyut Sutthichaya |
<p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-8373f501-6248-a278-69a0-14fc1809573d">Crowds gathered in central Bangkok to show support for the 14 detained anti-junta activists amid a heavy presence of police and military officers in and out of uniform.</span></p>
By Taweesak Kerdpoka, Asaree Thaitrakulpanich, and Panida Dumri |
<p><em>Shortly after the one-year anniversary of the military coup on 22 May, 14 anti-junta activists were arrested for their peaceful gatherings. Since then, different groups in Thai society have shown their support for or opposition to the jailed activists’ civil disobedience.The 14 activists, mostly students, are members of the New Democracy Movement (NDM).&nbsp;</em></p> <p></p>
<p dir="ltr">The 14 anti-junta activists detained stay adamant on their civil disobedience move and refuse to submit bail request to the military court, saying that the court has no jurisdiction on the case. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Kritsadang Nujarad, a defence lawyer of 14 anti-junta activists under custody at 1 pm on Friday, 3 July 2015, told the press in front of Bangkok Remand Prison that none of the 14 anti-junta activists will request for bail.</p>
By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich |
<div>Amnesty International and the National Human Rights Commission visited the 14 embattled anti-junta activists at Bangkok prisons on Thursday, while about a hundred people gathered to offer moral support to the jailed activists.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The activists, mostly students, protested against the junta and had been arrested for their nonviolent protests on 26 June.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Thursday, two representatives from Amnesty International visited the activists and issued an urgent action to call for the activists’ release.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The arreste </div>
<p><a href=";typecate=06&amp;section=">Khaosod English</a>: Pro-democracy activists in Thailand have accused soldiers of intimidating the family of Chonticha Chaengrew, one of fourteen anti-coup dissidents in jail for leading a peaceful demonstration against the military government.</p> <p>According to the activists' lawyer,&nbsp;Kritsadang Nutcharus, three soldiers arrived at Chonticha’s home yesterday and requested to talk to her mother.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The Thai authorities have put 13 of the 14 anti-junta activists into separate prison cells, a decision which the activists in detention have protested, saying that it has political implications.</p> <p>On Thursday, 2 June 2015, Bangkok Remand Prison separated the 13 male anti-junta activists in custody into groups of 2-3 and detained them in different compounds of the prison.</p>
<p>After being summoned by the Thai broadcasting authorities, Thai PBS, a public media company supported by the state, clarified that it was only doing its duty in broadcasting a TV programme about the 14 embattled anti-junta activists.</p>
<div> <p>Thai authorities have visited the home of one of the 14 embattled anti-junta activists to ask about his recent activities. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>On Wednesday, 1 July 2015, a Facebook page of Dao Din Group, a student activist group based in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen, posted a video interview of Wiboon Boonpattararaksa, the father of Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, one of the 14 anti-junta student activists now in detention.</p> </div>