Submitted on Tue, 2014-09-30 13:01
Update: Police at Prathumwan Police Station fined the two student activists from Chulalongkorn University -- Nattisa Pattamapornpong, from Faculty of Education, and Thapakorn Kaewlangka, from Faculty of Engineering, 1,000 baht each for violating Article 10 of the Cleanliness and Order Act.
After police last week charged and fined three anti-coup student activists with littering after they held a commemoration of the 2006 coup, two more student activists have been summoned to hear charges related to the event.
On 25 September, police charged Sirawith Sirathiwat, Saeksan Saisueb, and Thongdam Keawphanpruek with violating Article 10 of the Cleanliness and Order Act and fined them 1,000 baht each.
The three are active members of the Thai Student Centre for Democracy (TSCD).
According to the TSCD Facebook page, two more members of the group from Chulalongkorn University have been summoned to hear charges at 9 am on 1 October, at the office of the Metropolitan Police Division 6, Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon District.
Update: The police has rescehlduled the appointment to 10am at Prathumwan police station.
The group expect that the two will face the same charges and fines. They also announced on their Facebook page that they will collect donations to pay for the fines that morning in front of the police office.
“If the police fine us again, we don’t have enough money to pay for the fines. We hope that people will help donate toward the fine,” states the TSCD.
On 19 September they commemorated the 2006 military coup by putting up a cloth banner on a pedestrian bridge over Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in front of the Thairath newspaper office where Nuamthong Praiwan, a taxi driver who drove into a military tank during the coup in 2006 later hanged himself. He committed suicide to protest against the 2006 coup.
The police stated that the group should have informed the authorities before putting up the sign.