Protest leader Panusaya “Rung” denied bail over royal defamation charges for symbolic protest in Bangkok department store last December

PHOTO: Parit Chiwarak

Bangkok –

Protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul has been denied bail by the Criminal Court yesterday afternoon, November 15th, over  ‘lésé majéste’ charges for wearing a cropped top during a symbolic protest at a shopping center in December 2020.

According to the ruling, the defendant had previously acted in a similar manner in many cases. The defendant, who was temporarily released, continued to repeat the offense which violates the bail conditions of the Criminal Court. The public prosecutor, therefore, has requested the temporary revocation of thier bail.

The reading says: “If the defendant was temporarily released, the defendant may possibly commit another similar offense. Therefore, a temporary release is denied and the petition must be dismissed.”

PHOTO: Mike Panupong

On December 20th, 2020, pro-democracy protesters, led by Rung Panusaya, Penguin Chiwarak, and Mike Panupong, were protesting against Thailand’s ‘lésé majéste’ charges, or Section 112 of the Criminal Code, by symbolically wearing cropped top shirts and walking around Siam Paragon Department Store.

The protest leaders along with five other organizers were sued for the act over the royal defamation charges, following the complaints of pro-institution “Thai Pak Dee” group representatives in June.


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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.