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On Sunday evening (12 May), activists staged a protest near Khaosan Road, one of Bangkok’s famous nightlife districts and tourist landmarks, to demand the release of political prisoners.

The activists stood for 112 minutes at the roundabout on Ram Buttri Road, part of the Khaosan nightlife district, holding signs calling for the repeal of the royal defamation law and the release of political prisoners. The number 112 refers to the royal defamation law, or Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Code.

Protesters were also holding sunflowers and pictures of detained activists. Khathatorn Dapom, an activist from the Thalugaz group, and two other protesters were wearing PPE suits spray-painted with messages calling for those held in pre-trial detention to be granted bail.

According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), some 45 people are now detained on charges relating to political expression. At least 27 are being detained pending trial or appeal. Of these, 18 are detained on a royal defamation charge.

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