Student activist arrested after calling for political, monarchy reform

Pharit 'Penguin' Chiwarak a student activist is under arrest as he is planning to give a speech at a demonstration at Tha Nam Non, Nonthaburi. 

Pharit while being arrested.

21.00 Around 50 people are staying at the station to watch over Pharit.

Around 20.30 Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, the Student Union of Thailand spokesperson read Pharit’s letter. She said everything that happened today because of his criticism toward the scoundrel. That is why the scoundrel used the law of the scoundrel, subjected him to the process of the scoundrel which he will never accept.

She underlines  the 10 demands for monarchy reform read at the 10 August protest at Thammasat University.

20.24 Parit made his appearance on the second floor of Samranrat station. He said that he is still fine. While underlining the original demand, the police pulled him back and closed the window

The police has confirmed Parit will be detained at Samranrat.

Around 20.05, the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights reported that people that gathered to protest against Parit's arrest are trying to block the road to Taling Chan. Some of them demand to use the police station toilet where it is prohibited after Parit arrest.

The Samranrat station superintendent said Pharit will be transfer to Taling Chan station for investigation under an ad-hoc investigative committee by the metropolitan police. He will be brought to the Taling Chan court to consider his temporary detention.

Piyanut Kotsan, Amnesty International Thailand’s Director, said in response to Parit's arrest that  it is another example of the authorities’ crackdown on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. The police instrumentalized repressive legislations as a political tool to silence those who peacefully express opinions or criticisms of the government.

“Amnesty International calls on the authorities to drop all charges against and immediately release Parit Chiwarak who, along with the pair arrested last Friday and other protestors, simply exercised their constitutional right. We further urge the authorities to seek alternative channels for communications or initiate a dialogue with the protesters with the intention to promote and protect the right to peaceful assembly.

“The backslide of human rights since the current administration took office has been even more alarming. The space for peaceful activism and expression will shrink further if the international community does not demand immediate changes.”

18.38, #Saveparit hit the top Twitter trend.

18.08, Pharit's mother has arrived at Samranrat station. Pharit has not arrived yet.

The police is bringing him to Samranrat Police station.

On 17.15, a police van has arrived at Samranrat police station. The media that do not have the license granted by the Public Relations Department are not allowed to enter the station.

Summarily, he is charged for sedition and staging a public gathering that risk the spread of the disease. He has been giving many speeches criticizing the government. He also supports the demands about the monarchy reform, the latter is a very sensitive and controversial issue in Thailand.