A student and two red shirts in Chiang Rai have been arrested for selling flip-flops printed with the face of Abhisit Vejjajiva. This is the second time the high school student has been arrested; in July he joined four college students in staging a protest in the town against the government crackdown on the red shirts in Ratchaprasong and the Emergency Decree.
On the evening of 16 Oct, the student and two red shirts were arrested and brought to Chiang Rai Police Station for selling the flip-flops at the weekend market in the town.
The mother of the student told reporters that in the afternoon her son and the others had sold flip-flops in front of the venue where the red shirts held their activities in Chiang Rai Rajabhat University. She had warned her son for fear of further legal hassles, but he assured her that they had talked to the police. There was no problem that afternoon. However, they were later arrested at the weekend market.
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After the arrest she tried to talk to the police officer who made the arrest and who was the same person who had searched her house after the first arrest in July, but she was told that he had to follow orders.
Thanit Bunyanasineekasem, a local red-shirt leader who was charged by police with having masterminded the students’ protest in July, was summoned to the police station. The other red shirt arrested was Rung Khlongsanmuang.
The three of them were released at about 11.30 pm. The remaining 24 pairs of flip-flops were confiscated as evidence.
According to the police record, the police investigator considered that the selling of flip-flops printed with the face of the PM was improper and against the good morals of the public. He warned the suspects to refrain from this action. The police will conduct an investigation, and if their action is found to be against the law, the suspects will be prosecuted.