District chief visits Anon’s grandmother in Roi Et Province

Anon Nampa, a human rights lawyer who publicly addressed the issue of monarchy reform last month, has posted on Facebook that his grandmother was harassed on 1 September by the District Officer.

Anon Nampa (File photo)

He has demanded that the District Officer stay away from the property, otherwise he will make a speech about monarchy reform in front of the District Office.

Akgosot Rak-iad, Thung Khao Luang District Officer, told Prachatai that he did go to Anon’s grandmother’s house but did not meet her. He wanted to get to know her as he had been asked by many people about Anon. 

He insisted that he did not mean to harass her. He has met many other groups of people beside Anon’s family in the past, such as drug users.

Anon said his grandmother, aged 75, was with his mother at the time of Akgosot’s visit. They were both afraid and hid inside the house.

Anon became centre of public attention when he made a speech addressing the issue of monarchy reform at the Harry Potter-themed protest on 3 August, a landmark speech that made a straightforward demand for the monarchy reform, a very rare and bold move in this country.

As of 2 September, Anon has been charged at least 7 times for speeches made in protests countrywide. The charges also include violations of the sedition law and the emergency decree.



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