Student activist arrested, reportedly for roles in anti-government protest in Bangkok


A well known student activist was arrested today, reportedly for organizing an anti-government protest in Bangkok in July without proper legal permission and following Covid19 prevention rules.

Student protest leader Pharit Chiwarak, 22, also known by his nickname Penguin, was placed under arrest while he was on the way to give a speech at another demonstration in Nonthaburi today, August 14, in the evening.

According to the police, the prominent pro-democracy activist was arrested for sedition and staging a public gathering that risked the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus disease after holding a large-scale protest in Bangkok on July 18.

He was accused under the same offenses as campaigners Arnon Nampha and Panupong Jadnok who were under arrest on August 7.

Pharit was reportedly taken to Pak Kret Police Station for an arrest report before being transferred to Samranrat Police Station for questioning.

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Photo: Associated Press

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