Breaking: Police arrest democracy activist

Police officers have arrested a pro-democracy activist on his way to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

On 22 September 2017, six police officers arrested Waranchai Chokchana, an independent political activist.

The police presented an arrest warrant for Waranchai issued in 2016, which states that he is accused of trespassing into the NACC building in 2014 with a political group to call for the NACC to stop its investigation into irregularities in the rice-pledging scheme of the Yingluck administration.   

He was reportedly taken to Rattanathibet Police Station in Bangkok.

He told Prachatai that he only wanted to be at the NACC to observe the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the main anti-establishment red-shirt faction, submit a petition requesting that the NACC revive charges against those responsible for the deadly crackdown in 2010.

The UDD and lawyers representing families of the victims of the 2010 military crackdown planned to submit the petition to the NACC at 10 am.

Earlier on 7 August, Waranchai submitted a similar request to the NACC.

Waranchai being detained by the police (Photo from Khaosod TV)


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