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By Prachatai |
Activists and politicians, including former PM candidate Pita Limjaroenrat, former Future Forward members and other 3 individuals, have been sentenced to four months in prison over a 2019 flash mob protest. The sentence was suspended for two years.
By Nuttaa Mahattana |
<div>While our schedule for the assembly on 21-22 May to mark the 4th anniversary of the coup remains (to start at 5 p.m. on Monday at Thammasart University and 7 a.m. on Tuesday before marching to the government house), there are certain developments that need to be addressed.</div> <div> </div> <div>1. Over the last few days, the junta has stepped up their harassment towards people whom they guess would join our assembly. </div>
<div> <div> <div>The Bangkok police have asked a pro-democracy activist to seek permission from the junta to host a symbolic activity to commemorate the 2010 crackdown on the red shirts. </div> <div> </div> <div>On 15 May 2018, Sombat Boonngamanong, a pro-democracy activist and the leader of the <a href="https://prachatai.com/english/node/7685">Grin Party</a>, posted on Facebook that Lumpini Police Station had rejected his request to hold an assembly at Ratchaprasong intersection on 19 May, the eighth anniversary of the 2010 crackdown on red-shirt protesters. </div> <div> </div> </div></div>
<div> <div>The 39 pro-election protesters have reported to the police to hear the charges against them. The courts released them without bail.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 8 February 2018, 34 out of the 39 pro-election protesters known as the MBK 39 reported to Pathumwan Police Station to hear the charges against them. The junta accused the group of joining a public assembly on 27 January within 150 meters of a royal site, in violation of Article 7 of the 2015 Public Assembly Act. </div></div>
<div> <div>A network of Thai scholars has launched a fundraising campaign to seek two million baht to bail the 39 pro-election protesters. The junta has also filed another charge against them of violating the ban on political gatherings.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 6 February 2018, Nuttha Mahattana, one of the protesters, revealed that the group has to find over 2,000,000 baht as bail for the 39. </div></div>