Detained Thai pro-democracy protest leader, Rung, calls for hunger strike today, following her detained protest colleague

Bangkok –

A detained prominent pro-democracy protest leader, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, declared a hunger strike for the first day today, March 31st, opposing what she claimed to be the injustice of the Thai judicial system.

Rung will be the second protest leader who performs a hunger strike after Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, who started the strike on March 15th. Both are calling for release on bail of all detained activists by the Thai Criminal Court.

According to the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, Rung will gradually use a fasting method to help her body adjust to the strike.

Meanwhile, Penguin, who was already on his 15 days of the strike, was reportedly in a weak physical condition and must be in a wheelchair most of the time. However, he stated he was fully motivated with hope from pro-democracy activists who were gathering to take a stand and oppose what they believe to be the injustice of the Thai government system.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.