Coal plant protest leaders arrested

Police on Saturday apprehended three activists who led an overnight protest in front of the Government House against the regime’s plan to build a coal power plant in the south.

In a rare act of civil disobedience in more than two years since the ruling junta came to power, more than 100 protesters from Krabi province demanded the government scrap the project, citing fears of environmental and health damages, only to be told by junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday the construction will go ahead as planned.

After a night of rallying in front of the government’s seat of power, police at about 10am moved in and arrested three protest leaders and took them into custody. The arrested were Prasitthichai Nunual, Akaradej Chakjinda and mom luang Rungguna Kitiyakara.

 

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