Activist flees

2 08 2014

Readers may recall that almost immediately following the illegal 22 May 2014 coup, the military junta sent its soldiers to arrest Kritsuda Khunasen, a 27 year-old red shirt activist in Chonburi. This was a part of the military dictatorship’s carefully planned effort to prevent any opposition to the coup by rounding up potential leaders of any anti-coup action.

Kritsuda was arrested on 28 May yet the military lied that it did not take her. When video showing her arrested and taken away, the military then refused to disclose any information about her detention. She was illegally held in incommunicado detention for almost three weeks.

When she was eventually released, the military attempted to cover up its illegal actions by producing a propaganda video that the military junta had played on the its media. At the time, it was clear that a fearful Kritsuda was pressured to state “how happy and well-treated she’d been while imprisoned the military, saying her detention was ‘too good for words to say’ and was staying longer.”

The unbelievably doltish and dishonest military junta stated that she was held at her “own request” so she could “meditate.” Suddenly, within 24 hours, Kritsuda was released. The junta’s unbelievably dopey spokesman then made all kinds of contradictory statements about the legality of her illegal detention.

Upon her release, Kritsuda, having been forced, like all other detainees, to sign a military agreement to declare that she was “well-treated,” desist from politics and anything else the military found troubling, she told reporters that she was well-treated throughout the detention.

It now remains to be seen how the military dictatorship will dissemble on Kritsuda’s flight to Europe vowing “to expose the true story of her detention.”

Kritsuda “is now residing in Europe and plans to apply for an asylum in an unspecified European country.”

Apparently, Kritsuda” is being assisted by the anti-coup organisation in exile, The Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy (FTHD).”

On Facebook, Kritsuda described her detention as “the 27 days I was close to death in the military barrack.” She states: “I will remember to the day I die. What they call ‘soldier gentlemen’ are in fact animal from hell…”.

We guess that the military dictatorship will be keen to block her story – promised to appear at Prachatai – and will seek to discredit her.

 


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3 08 2014
Kritsuda on her military detention | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] As previously posted, Kritsuda Khunasen is now safe and able to speak now that she has fled Thailand and is in Europe. […]

3 08 2014
Kritsuda on her military detention | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] · by Political prisoners of thailand · in Uncategorized · Leave a comment As previously posted, Kritsuda Khunasen is now safe and able to speak now that she has fled Thailand and is in […]




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