Police arrest student activist in hospital

The police on Wednesday morning arrested Natchacha Kongudom, a transgender student activist, after she was admitted to hospital. 
Natchacha, 21, is one of the eight students wanted on an arrest warrant for violating the junta’s order when they attempted to commemorate the first anniversary of the coup d’état on 22 May. 
Natchacha was admitted to Vibhavadi Hospital. The police arrested her on Wednesday at about 10 am after she and seven others refused to report to hear charges as an act of civil disobedience. 
Natchacha Kongudom
On 22 May, about 40 activists, most of them university students, were arrested when they gathered and prepared to commemorate the coup at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Pathumwan, Bangkok. 
Three more student activists were arrested today at the Democracy Monument and taken to Samranrat Police Station. They were released a few hours later without charge after the police made a record on the police daily ledger. 
A series of arrests are expected today, the 83rd anniversary of the Siamese Revolution on 24 June 1932, as pro-democracy activists exploit the opportunity to call for the return of democracy. 


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