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By Prachatai |
<p>On Saturday (31 October), activists held a memorial for Nuamthong Praiwan, a taxi driver who intentionally crashed his vehicle into a tank and later committed suicide to protest the 2006 military coup.&nbsp; The event was held at the overpass where he hung himself.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>On the second day of its campaign about political deaths and exiles, the FreeArts Facebook page has posted a photo of a mock body bag with the name of Nuamthong Praiwan, a taxi driver who crashed his taxi into a military tank in opposition to the 2006 coup.</p>
<div>About 100 of police officers on Friday have been deployed at the “Uncle Nuamthong Pedestrian Bridge” since around 7am to prevent democracy lovers from commemorating the suicide of the taxi drivers, who hanged himself at the bridge to protest against the 2006 military coup.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The police said under the martial law, imposed all over the kingdom, no one is allowed to hold anti-coup activity, including this one -- related to the coup eight years ago.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nuamthong Praiwan’s first attempt to suicide was in 30 September 2006 when he dri </div>
<div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In a bid to threaten anti-coup activists, the police on Thursday summoned three student activists after they commemorated the 2006 coup d’état on 19 September and charged them with littering a pedestrian bridge. </div></div>
<div>About a thousand of anti-coup activists and anti-establishment red-shirts on Thursday commemorated the seventh anniversary of the symbolic suicide of a taxi driver against the 2006 coup d’état at two separate events in Bangkok.</div> <p></p>
By Pipob Udomittipong |
<p>Six years ago, a taxi driver, Nuamthong Praiwan, slammed his taxi into a military tank near a military headquarters in Bangkok. The seriously injured driver told the press he wanted to protest against the coup committed on 19 September that year. Then, the Deputy Spokesperson of the coupmakers, the misnomer, &ldquo;Council for Democratic Reform (CDR)&rdquo;, lashed out against the driver claiming that in thiscountry &ldquo;no one dares to die for democracy.&rdquo; In protest of the slanderous remark, on 31 October, Uncle Nuamthong hung himself to a flyover on Vipavadi Rd.</p>