Protester re-arrested after release

Panadda Sirimasakul, member of the activist group Thalufah, was immediately re-arrested on Friday (27 August), after she was released from prison.

Panadda Sirimasakul (Picture from TLHR)

Panadda is one of the three protesters granted bail the previous day (26 August), along with Sirichai Natueng and Sam Samat. She surrendered herself to the police on 9 August and was charged with joining an assembly of more than 10 people to create a public disturbance when they led a group to protest the arrest of 9 demonstrators and the seizure of a truck by police at a Car Mob rally on 1 August. She has been held at the Women Correctional Institution for Drug Addicts to complete her quarantine period for the past 19 days.

However, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) said that police officers from Bangkhen Police Station came to the Women Correctional Institution for Drug Addicts to arrest Panadda. TLHR said that the arrest warrant is no longer valid, as the inquiry officer already met with Panadda while she was in detention on 17 August and she has already testified. Nevertheless, she was arrested and taken to Bangkhen Police Station.

She was charged with violating the Emergency Decree, joining an assembly of more than 10 people to create a public disturbance, violating the Cleanliness Act, using a sound amplifier without permission, and obstructing a public way, for participating in the protest on 30 July 2021 demanding that political parties in the government coalition resign from the coalition. The protesters placed stickers on the gates of the Bhumjaithai Party headquarters and threw paint at the gates and party sign.

Four other members of the Thalufah group face charges for the same protest: Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, Nawapol Tonngam, Chitrin Plakantrong, and Songpol Sonthirak. 

Panadda was granted bail at the inquiry level with a security of 35,000 baht and was released on condition that she does not participate in activities that cause public disturbance or tamper with evidence, and that she meets with the inquiry officer when required.

Seven other protesters remained in detention: Anon Nampa, Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, Parit Chiwarak, Phromsorn Weerathamjaree, Natchanon Pairoj, Panupong Jadnok, and Thatchapong Kaedam.

Seven of the protesters have tested positive for Covid-19 since their detention: Parit, Sirichai, Sam, Phromsorn, Panupong, Thatchapong, and Jatupat. Activist Thanapat Khapeng also tested positive for Covid-19 after he was granted bail. Meanwhile, Sam and Sirichai was transferred to a hospital after their release. 

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