14 anti-junta activists 2015
Activists, academics, and many others gathered at Thammasat University to show their solidarity for the 14 embattled anti-junta activists and call for their release as the end of their custody period draws near. On Monday evening, 6 July 2015, many people from all walks of life gathered at Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, to participate in an event called ‘Wings of Freedom’ to campaign for the immediate release of the 14 embattled anti-junta activists, who have been in custody since 26 June 2015.
People gathered in the northern province of Chiang Mai, Thailand, to show moral support to the 14 embattled anti-junta activists under tight monitoring of the police and military officers. On Sunday, 5 July 2015, a crowd gathered in front of Chiang Mai University to hold an event called ‘Post Its for Freedom’ to urge for an immediate release for the 14 embattled anti-junta activists who have been detained since last week, 26 June 2015.
I deny all charges. I think what I did was my right as a citizen in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of the UN to which Thailand is a party, and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is not a legitimate government, and has taken away the power of the people, which is treason
International organizations calling for the release of the 14 anti-junta activists do not understand the Thai political context of the arrests, said a junta spokesman. Maj Gen Weerachon Sukontapatipak, spokesman for the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), stated that the government understands the role of international organizations and does not have a problem with the students’ way of thinking.
The 14 embattled anti-junta activists have requested postponement of pre-trial interrogation while one of the group says that she only exercised her rights as a citizen and refused to acknowledge the junta’s authority.
Since the 22nd May 2014 coup d’état, student groups are undeniably one of the leaders in protesting against the coup. They are from various universities, academic disciplines, regions and backgrounds. They may have numerous different political stances, but they come together under one ideal – coups d’etat are illegitimate and must not happen. What the junta, led by Gen.
Fourteen Thai students were arrested on 26 June 2015 and are currently being detained in Bangkok after a series of peaceful protests against the military dictatorship of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). They have been accused of violating NCPO Order No. 3/2558, which prohibits political demonstrations, and Article 116 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits incitement and agitation. If they are formally charged, they are subject to prosecution within the military court system, in which there is no appeal. If convicted, they face up to seven-and-a-half years in prison.
Crowds gathered in central Bangkok to show support for the 14 detained anti-junta activists amid a heavy presence of police and military officers in and out of uniform.
Shortly after the one-year anniversary of the military coup on 22 May, 14 anti-junta activists were arrested for their peaceful gatherings. Since then, different groups in Thai society have shown their support for or opposition to the jailed activists’ civil disobedience.The 14 activists, mostly students, are members of the New Democracy Movement (NDM).