About 20 police deployed at safe house of embattled student activists; arrests expected

About 20 police officers, most in plainclothes, have been deployed at the entrance to a Bangkok safe house of 11 of 14 student activists wanted on arrest warrants for protesting. 
 
The 11 are wanted on arrest warrants for commemorating the first anniversary of the coup at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and in Khon Kaen on 22 May. 
 
Rangsiman Rome, one of the 11, told Prachatai that they will not resist arrest as this fight is coming to an end. They will continue to fight the case in the court, but the struggle for democracy will continue. 
 
The group asked Prachatai not to disclose their location because they do not want their supporters to come and confront the police. Confrontation may lead to more injuries, Rangsiman said. 
 
The activists on Wednesday 24 June, the 83rd anniversary of the Siamese Revolution, gathered in front of Pathumwan Police Station, awaiting arrest on an important day for Thai democracy. As about a hundred supporters came to give moral support, the police did not arrest the group. 
 
On Wednesday, Winathai Suwaree, the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesman, told the BBC Thai Service that the students were trying to create a situation by provoking the authorities. 
 
He said that the students acted unlawfully and try to make the public believe that the authorities abuse the power. 
 
Winthai added that the officers will patiently deal with the situation and that the NCPO will not issue a special order to deal with the activists as this case is a normal law breaking, said the NCPO spokesman.
 
Rangsiman Rome talks to Prachatai on Thursday morning at the safe house.
 

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