14 anti-junta activists 2015
On May 22nd this year, students and anti-coup protestors from the New Democracy Movement (NDM) in Thailand staged peaceful protests to commemorate the first anniversary of the coup-detat orchestrated by the National Council for Peace and Order. The coup toppled the democratically elected government of Thailand last year, and has since sought to suppress opposition, through banning political gatherings and debates. The protests were met with by the brutal military police, in which over 30 people were arrested as they were seen to
The 14 embattled anti-junta activists have vowed to fight on after their temporary release, saying that the Thai junta’s orders to maintain national security are illegitimate. At 15:15 pm on Thursday, 9 July 2015, at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan Campus in Bangkok, the 14 anti-junta activists from the New Democracy Movement (NDM), an anti-junta group, who were released on Wednesday after nearly two weeks in detention, issued a group statement on their stand on the democracy movement.
Freed anti-junta activists from the Dao Din group talk to Prachatai about their experience in jail and how they learned about the value of freedom.
The 14 embattled anti-junta activists were reunited with their families after nearly two weeks of detention. However, they still face charges. At around 5:30 am on Wednesday, 8 July 2015, prison staff of Bangkok Remand Prison freed the 14 embattled anti-junta activists after the Bangkok Military Court yesterday rejected a custody petition against them.
A Thai police officer has accused a board member of Amnesty International Thailand (AI Thailand) of sedition for showing support for the 14 embattled anti-junta activists. Baramee Chairat, a recently re-elected member of the board of AI Thailand and a coordinator of the Assembly of the Poor (AOF), told Prachatai that on Monday, 6 July 2015, he received a summons from Samranrat Police Station in Bangkok.
Scholars, writers, and citizens from around the world support the Thai 14
Although the military court rejected the custody petition against the 14, they are still charged with a serious case with the penalty of up to 7 years imprisonment. What happened was just meant to improve the image [of the regime] and reduce pressure
The Thai military court has rejected a custody request concerning the 14 anti-junta activists on one of their charges. However, they still have to face trial. At about 11:30 Tuesday, 7 July 2015, the Thai military court rejected a police custody petition to detain the 14 embattled anti-junta activists, who have been in custody since 26 June 2015.
French state officials for human rights wrote messages to support the 14 embattled anti-junta activists after anti-coup Thai students in Europe issued a statement calling for their immediate release.
NEW YORK, NY: (July 6, 2015) - Members of Unsilence Thailand and supporters demonstrated today at the Royal Thai Consulate General in New York City in support of the release of 14 Thai student activists currently detained by Thailand’s military government. On June 26, 2015, 14 members of the New Democracy Movement, a network of Thai pro-democracy organizations, were arrested by Thailand’s military government for taking part in a peaceful, non-violent demonstration on May 22, 2015 to mark one year of military rule in Thailand.