Two prominent protest leaders arrested immediately after being released from Pratum Thani prison for allegedly violating severe state of emergency

PHOTO: Thairath

Bangkok –

Two prominent protest leaders, Parit “Penguin” Chivarak and Panasaya “Rung” Sitthijirawattanakul, were detained at the Region 1 Border Police Bureau immediately after being released from Thanyaburi District Prison in Pratum Thani, this afternoon, October 20.

Following the bail of three student activists this morning, they were released from police custody around 2:00 PM after their professors from Thammasat University had paid the bail money of 600,000 baht to the authority.

PHOTO: Thairath

Penguin and Rung were then facing another arrest warrant from the Chana Songkhram Metropolitan Police Station for allegedly violating the severe state of emergency over a massive gathering previously. Student activist Nutchanon Pairote, meanwhile, was not listed in the warrant.

They will be detained at the Region 1 Border Police Bureau for investigation before the Bangkok police will reportedly file another detention to the Dusit Municipality Court on October 21.

PHOTO: Thairath

Speaking after, Nutchanon stated that the pro-democracy supporters were celebrating a first victory after the cabinet approval of open debate of the Constitutional amendment in the response to ongoing demonstrators.

“It is our first victory. We still cling to our three core demands in order to make Thailand a truly democratic country. If there is another gathering tomorrow, I will insist on going as I can’t leave any of my friends out there who are dedicating their time to fight for the country.” Nutchanon concluded.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.