“It’s not an opportunity. It is a tool that binds people. It is a tool that confine people’s freedom. It is a tool that oppresses people and prevent them from being free, from living the life they wanted. Another thing is it’s a tool preventing us from joining protests and exercising our rights,” said Panadda “Tong” Sirimasakul, an activist from the Thalufah group.
Panadda was charged for joining a protest during the State of Emergency in 2021 and detained for a time. After being granted bail, she was required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. In February 2023, the court finally allowed many activists to have their bracelet removed.
In “Electronic Monitoring Devices: Online Shackles,” young activists talk about their lives after being charged for joining protests and being ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device while waiting for trial.