Instead of investigating the attack on activist Sirawith Serithiwat and detaining the attackers, the police have arrested 8 people for sharing social media post saying that Deputy Police Commissioner Chaiwat Ketworachai is behind the attack on activists.
Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate assaults on three prominent pro-democracy activists since May 2019, Human Rights Watch said last week. Thai police have yet to arrest any suspects for the violent attacks, raising serious concerns about possible government involvement.
In pursuance to a string of recent attacks of at least three pro-democracy activists including Ekkachai Hongkangwan who was physically assaulted seven times and had his car set on fire twice since early 2018, and of late on 13 May 2019, Ekkachai was violently attacked in front of the Bangkok Criminal Court after attending a hearing on the case against activists who have protested to demand the election.
“Someone has ordered me dead,” said the 7-times assaulted anti-junta activist Ekkachai Hongkangwan.
On Saturday (25 May), Ekkachai Hongkangwan reported on Facebook that 6 men rode 2 motorcycles to assault Anurak ‘Ford’ Jeantawanich, an anti-junta activist. Anurak went to Muangsamut Poo Chao Hospital for treatment.
Ekkachai Hongkangwan, a well-known political activist, has been assaulted for the 7th time in front of the court. A political activist, with bruises on his face, shows his right hand splinted at Paolo Hospital. Source: Ekkachai Hongkangwan's Facebook Page
(New York, April 3, 2019) – Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate renewed threats and attacks against prominent pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan and other activists, Human Rights Watch said today. Ekkachai Hongkangwan (red shirt)
At 9.30 today (20 February), political activists Ekkachai Hongkangwan and Chokchai Paibulratchata held a demonstration at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in response to army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong’s order to broadcast the controversial Cold War anthem ‘Nak Phaen Din’ (‘Scum of the Earth’) on all army radio stations and over the intercom at military headquarters.
Activist Ekkachai Hongkangwan’s car has been torched in front of his house. There will be a demonstration on 3rd February to condemn the intimidation. Picture from Ekkachai's Facebook page
Col Burin Thongprapai, the legal officer of the NCPO, has sued Ekkachai Hongkangwan and Chokchai Paibulratchata, political activists, for defaming the Thai military by saying that the Thai military lost to Lao PDR forces in 1988 and displaying protest signs in front of the Royal Thai Army Headquarters. Source: Banrasdr Photo