Activist Sirawith assaulted, now in hospital

Sirawith ‘Ja New’ Serithiwat was assaulted on the night of 2 June at Ratchada Soi 7, near The Street department store. He said at least 5 perpetrators assaulted him with kicks and a wooden stick.

Sirawith at the hospital

A charity foundation sent him to the Police Hospital and then transferred him to Mission Hospital where he has medical coverage. Sirawith suffered injuries to his shoulder, head, and face. He will stay one night in the hospital to monitor the seriousness of his head injuries.

However, his mother said that the medical fee of 800-1,000 baht cannot be covered for some reason. Staying one night in a private ward means other 2,600 baht has to be covered.

Nattha Mahatana said that on that evening, Sirawith was collecting signatures to back up his petition to the unelected 250 senators not to support Prayut Chan-o-cha to be the Prime Minister.

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This is that first time that Sirawith has been assaulted. However, it is not the first time for other activists. Anurak Jeantawanich has been attacked twice and Ekkachai Hongkangwan 7 times (excluding his car being torched twice). So this incident is already the tenth assault against activists in the last two years.

Last week, both Ekkachai and student activist Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak also said that they have been threatened. Ekkachai said that he received a Facebook message saying that someone has ordered him dead, and Parit posted a recording on Facebook of a phone call verbally abusing him and threatening physical harm.