Two pro-democracy activists, Penguin and Ua, face two-month imprisonment for participating in ‘#SaveWanchalearm’ gathering in 2020

PHOTO: Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)

Bangkok –

Two pro-democracy activists, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Jutatip “Ua” Sirikhan, were sentenced to a two-month imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 baht by the Pathumwan District Court yesterday, July 12th, for attending the “#SaveWanchalearm” activity at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (BACC) in June 2020.

According to the verdict, the protest leaders had violated Section 9 of the Emergency Decree to prevent the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus by participating in the large gathering on June 5th, 2020.

Additionally, Juthathip is charged for disobeying an officer’s order by failing to stamp her fingerprints on the allegation hearing day.

Both protesters already acknowledged the court’s sentences yesterday afternoon and stated that the use of the emergency decree is unjustified as no infections or clusters were reported at that time and all participants reportedly followed the government’s preventive measures.


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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.