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
A demonstration was held at the Victory Monument BTS station sky walk earlier this afternoon to protest against another potential delay to the general election, previously planned for 24 February 2019.
The police have summoned Ekkachai Hongkangwan, anti-junta activist and former lèse majesté prisoner, for posting pornographic content online.
While Thailand last week was overwhelmed by mourning for the late King Bhumibol, other significant issues seem to have been overlooked, such as serious flooding, the arrest of a former lèse majesté convict and use of the junta’s absolute power. The year-long mourning for the late King Bhumibol has now ended and the Thai people are returning to normal, colourful life.
The military has released an activist who was held in custody for five days for threatening to wear a red shirt on the cremation day of the late King Bhumibol. Ekkachai Hongkangwan, a political activist and former lèse majesté convict, was freed at around 3 pm on 28 October 2017. He was arrested on 24 October and detained for five days in resorts in Kanchanaburi Province by four police officers and one soldier. He said he was given 5,000 baht and taken to several attractions in the province.
More than a dozen soldiers have arrested an anti-junta activist who has vowed to wear a red shirt on the day of the cremation of the late King Bhumibol. On 24 October 2017, three soldiers in uniform and 11 others in plain clothes arrested Ekkachai Hongkangwan, a political activist and former lèse majesté convict, at his house. The military asked him whether he preferred to be taken to a resort in Kanchanaburi Province for a few days or an unspecified military base.