Protesters from the “People’s Party 112” pro-democracy group gathered at the democracy monument Friday afternoon, May 20th, for a car mob protest to the Criminal Court to demand the release of Activist Tantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanon and another 11 political prisoners.
The car protest, led by pro-democracy prominent activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, began moving from the monument around 1:30 PM. towards the Criminal Court and the Bangkok Remand Prison where the activists were imprisoned after they were denied bail several times under lese majeste charges.
Meanwhile, Progressive Party leader Pita Limcharoenrat also arrived at the Criminal Court to request another temporary bail for Tawan, who has also been on hunger strike for 30 days. The Court had previously denied bail, reasoning that there was no proof of salary.
Somyot stated during his speech: “We were gathering today to seek justice from the judges and hope that they could maintain their credibility and trust among people in society. We hoped the judges could truly serve justice.”
More than 20 large vehicles were parading, labeled with the message “Release political prisoners” and flags calling for the release of political prisoners. The protest also called for the repeal of Section 112 as it was considered obsolete and obstructing human liberty and participation under Thailand’s democratic regime.
The group moved to the Bangkok Remand Prison at around 5:00 PM. and would stage peaceful gatherings and give public speeches there until 7:00 PM.
Photo Courtesy: Matichon
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