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<p>Military officers have reportedly searched the home of a well-known anti-junta student activist currently facing an arrest warrant.</p>
<p>The Thai military court has issued arrest warrants for six young anti-junta activists calling for an investigation into the corruption allegations surrounding the construction of Rajabhakti Park.</p> <p>According to the&nbsp;<a href="">Daily News</a>, the Military Court of Bangkok on Wednesday, 13 January 2016, issued arrest warrants for Sirawit Serithiwat, 23, Chonticha Jaeng-rew, 22, Chanoknan Ruamsap, 22, Abhisit Sapnaphapan, 29, Korakoch Saengyenpan, 23, and Thanet Anantawong, 25.</p>
<p>Activists calling for a probe into the Rajabhakti Park scandals have submitted complaints to the UN and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) while another well-known anti-junta activist said that he will sue authorities for violating basic rights. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sirawit Serithiwat (aka. Ja New), a well-known anti-junta student activist, and other activists from New Democracy Movement, on Wednesday afternoon, 23 December 2015, submitted a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), accusing the authorities of violating human rights.</p>
<p>The Thai junta’s spokesman has claimed that activists demanding an investigation into the Rajabhakti Park scandals aim to sabotage and discredit the government.</p> <p>According to the&nbsp;<a href="">Thai News Agency</a>, Col Winthai Suvaree, spokesperson for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), told the media on Saturday, 19 December 2015, that some of the activists demanding an investigation into the Rajabhakti Park scandals have repeatedly violated NCPO orders.</p>
<p>The Thai police have issued summonses for at least 11 Rajabhakti activists for violating the Thai junta’s ban on political gatherings. &nbsp;</p> <p>Chanoknan Ruamsap, one of the key leaders of the New Democracy Movement (NDM), a pro-democracy activist group, told Prachatai that on Friday, 18 December 2015, she received a summons from the Railway Police Station in Thonburi, Bangkok.</p>
<p dir="ltr">The Thai junta leader has said that he cannot guarantee safety for activists who are demanding a probe into Rajabhakti Park corruption scandal while the activists announced that state’s anti-corruption agencies have failed to do their jobs.</p>
By Amnesty International |
<p>The arrest of a group of 37 activists in Thailand ahead of a planned anti-corruption protest is the latest evidence that the country’s military government is using arbitrary powers of detention to silence peaceful activism, Amnesty International said today.</p> <p>The group of 36 students and a lawyer were detained on Monday morning while travelling by train to Rajabhakti Park in Hua Hin, central Thailand, to attend a demonstration against alleged military corruption.</p>
<p dir="ltr"><em>Update: According to&nbsp;<a href="">Matichon Online</a>, the military on Monday morning closed off Rajabhakti Park for ‘repairs’ until further notice. Many military personnel are deployed at the park gates.</em></p> <p>Military and police officers have detained anti-junta activists on their way to Rakabhakti Park, a royal theme park plagued with corruption scandals, and detached a train carriage to prevent them from travelling further.</p>
<p>Thai military officers have intimidated the mother of a well-known anti-junta activist and attempted to summon her for a discussion, saying “whatever happens, you can’t complain.”</p> <p>On the night of Saturday, 5 December 2015, military officers contacted Patnari Charnkij, the mother of a student activist from the New Democracy Movement (NDM) and Resistant Citizen,&nbsp;<a href="">Sirawit Serithiwat</a>, and asked about Sirawit’s whereabout.</p>
<p>Pro-democracy activists rallied in front of the parliament to protest against the new batch of constitutional drafters hand-picked by the junta.</p> <p>At around 1:30 pm on Tuesday, 6 October 2015, political activists from&nbsp;<a href="">New Democracy Movement (NDM)</a>, an anti-junta activist group, held a symbolic political activity to protest against the 21 new members of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) recently appointed by the junta yesterday.</p>
<div> <div>Anti-coup activists on Saturday commemorated the 2006 military coup, arguably the event which triggered Thailand’s polarized political conflict, amid tight security in central Bangkok. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 19 September 2006, Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin, then Army Commander, staged a military coup d’état to topple then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, reasoning that Thaksin was allegedly involved in corruption and nepotism, interfered in independent state agencies and insulted the King. </div></div>
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>