14 October 2020, 09.20: Anon Nampa invites passers-by to join the protest and asks police officers not to use violence against the protesters, while the growing crowd starts to move onto the street in front of McDonald’s.
Human rights lawyer and protest leader Anon Nampa was amoung the protesters arrested following the crackdown on the protest at the Government House on 15 October. He was charged with sedition, amoung other charges, alongside student activists Parit Chiwarak, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, and Prasit Karutarote.
Anon and Prasit were subsequently taken to Chiang Mai and were detained at the Chiang Mai Remand Prison in Mae Taeng District.
On 26 October, Anon was granted bail and released from the Chiang Mai Remand Prison, but he was immediately sent to Bangkok to be detained on a different charge by the Chana Songkhram Police Station. He is currently detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison.
During his imprisonment in the Chiang Mai Remand Prison, Anon wrote the following letter:
Brothers and sisters, I ask you to continue fighting. My freedom is a minor issue compared to the battle of the entire pro-democracy movement.
I am happy and proud to have fought alongside my brothers and sisters.
I maintain our principles, peaceful means and no fear of any obstacles.
“Laugh at suffering, thorns and hardship. People still stand up to the challenge”
15 October 2020
Chiang Mai Provincial Court