Symbols are a communication tool which has been used as a part of the expression of opinions. A particular place, such as the Democracy Monument, can be used as a symbol and become the subject of controversy.
The story of embattled human rights activist Sombat Boonngam-anong, aka Nuling or the Polka Dot Editor, is now reaching the international media. Currently being persecuted by the Thai state in what has become an absolute military dictatorship due to General Prayut invoking Section 44 of the Interim Charter, Sombat is facing approximately five charges, including the possibility of lèse majesté (Section 112).
Sombat Boonngam-anong, aka Nuling or the Polka Dot Editor, is a playful pro-democracy activist. Adding to the four charges he's now facing, the junta recently banned him from selling a bagged rice, saying it is a political activity.
Bangkok’s Military Court dismissed a petition submitted by a prominent red-shirt figure questioning whether the jurisdiction of the military court over civilian cases violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Contrary to what the junta has tried to claim, that all detainees were treated very well while in their custody, other than being deprived of their freedom, the first account of degrading treatment of anti-coup protesters by the military has been revealed.
Anti-coup red-shirt activist Sombat Boonngarm-anong has said on Twitter that he wishes to help the junta tackle drug problems, that reds and yellows are united behind bars and that he befriended the anti-red-shirt "popcorn gunman". On Thursday, Sombat tweeted on twitter.com/nuling a series on his experience in prison and a series.
Sombat Boonngam-anong, a high profile anti-coup and red-shirt activist, has been released from custody after interrogation at a police station in the northeast province of Roi Et related to a lèse majesté charge. It has been confirmed to Prachatai that the military court granted bail to Sombat on Monday evening.
Sombat Boonngamanong, a prominent red-shirt figure, on Friday morning said he wants to be part of the reconciliation process, asking his followers to be more subtle when showing their opposition to the junta. About a hundred people visited the red-shirt leader at the Bangkok Remand Prison at 11 am on Friday.
A letter written by Tharathorn Boongam-anong, 16-year-old daughter of Sombat Boongam-anong
At approximately 9.30 pm on 5 June, Sombat Boonngamanong was seized in Phan Thong district in Chonburi province. The team that seized him was composed of officers from the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) working with members of the 21st Army Infantry Regiment. The National Intelligence Agency located him by tracing his IP address. In the event of arrest, he left this pre-recorded message to be circulated on social media and YouTube.