Police say Facebook posting to mobilise protests may lead to 7 years imprisonment

Assistant police chief Pol Lt-Gen Somyot Pumpanmuang said on Wednesday after meeting with the military that anyone who posts online to mobilise anti-coup protests can face up to seven years imprisonment
Pol Lt-Gen Somyot also warned that in doing so the person may violate Section 116 for inciting unrest. Regarding student activists who hand out sandwiches as symbolic protests, he said the police would consider whether the protesters have the intention to stage a political gathering of more than five persons.  
He said the fact that the anti-coup protests have decreased is due to the efficient strategies of security officers, such as placing troops at BTS stations and important meeting points and employing plainclothes police officers. Taking photos of protesters and requesting cooperation from retailers nearby also contribute to this success. 



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