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By Prachatai |
<p>A year after the <a href="">Harry Potter-themed protest at the Democracy Monument</a>, which was the first protest in 2020 to address issues of the monarchy, people gathered in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) to once again call for monarchy reform.</p>
By Kornkritch Somjittranukit |
<div> <div>A photographer has travelled across Thailand to document suppressed stories of enforced disappearances and the country’s culture of impunity. </div></div>
By Yiamyut Sutthichaya |
<div>About 100 people gathered at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on Thursday when a group of embattled activists from Bangkok and Khon Kaen awaited arrest by the police and rallied against the military regime amid tight security.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 25 June, 11 anti-junta student activists under the newly founded Neo Democracy Movement (NDM) protested against the military dictatorship at the Democracy Monument, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Bangkok.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The rally began in the afternoon after the group left Suan Ngern Mee Ma, a place under the care of Sulak Sivaraks </div>
<div> <div>About 20 police officers, most in plainclothes, have been deployed at the entrance to a Bangkok safe house of 11 of 14 student activists wanted on arrest warrants for protesting.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 11 are wanted on arrest warrants for commemorating the first anniversary of the coup at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and in Khon Kaen on 22 May.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rangsiman Rome, one of the 11, told Prachatai that they will not resist arrest as this fight is coming to an end. </div></div>
<div> <div>At least 34 people arrested on Friday evening for commemorating the coup were released without charge, on condition that they stop political activities. However, student activists in Khon Kaen face charges and were released on 7,500 baht bail.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first arrests occurred about 6 pm after a group of students gathered at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Siam Square. </div></div>
<p dir="ltr">About 40 people gathered in central Bangkok to mourn the deadly attack on a French satirical magazine head office and showing support for those exercising freedom of expression.</p> <p>Thais and foreigners gathering in front of the Bangkok Art &amp; Culture Center (BACC) in central Bangkok on Thursday night to express support for Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine based in Paris, France, attacked by suspected Muslim extremists led to at least 12 people killed, including, its editor, Stephane Charbonnier, two police officers, and four cartoonists.</p>
<div>A Thai court on Thursday morning sentenced an anti-coup protester to two months in jail and a fine of 6,000 baht, but since the defendant pleaded guilty, the jail term was suspended.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Weerayuth Kongkanatan, 49, was arrested on 23 May 2014, a day after the coup, while he was protesting against the coup d’état at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), near Siam Square.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>“On the night of 23 May, the defendant and 500 accomplices, who are still at large, held an assembly to oppose the coup. </div>