Repression and harassment

26 05 2018

A number of pro-democracy activists were arrested at Tuesday’s rally marking the 4th anniversary of the 2014 military coup.

Prachatai has two reports about the harassment, repression and arrest was used to limit the numbers joining the pro-democracy/anti-coup rally and to intimidate participants, before the police actually arrested protesters.

The first is about the widespread use of large gangs of police and military to prevent people joining the rally. These acts of political repression began well before the event.

Lecturers were harassed at their universities in Bangkok and in the provinces, with particular attention to universities in the northeast.

Soldiers arrested Uthai Phokaeo and his wife at their house and detained them at a military camp in Bangkok. Uthai had previously rented out loudspeakers for pro-election protests.

Police “visited” activists at their homes. They and soldiers trailed and followed activists as they went about their daily tasks in and around Bangkok and in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Ratchaburi and Kamphaeng Phet.

The reports states that “intimidation varied from repeated visits to overnight detentions…” and focused on activists in several fields.

Police broadcast that the were establishing “security checkpoints” in the provinces and outside Bangkok to prevent people from joining the rally.

When the rally was held, police and soldiers in uniform and in plainclothes corralled and met them with huge numbers, to prevent any marching.

They also arrested about 15 leaders. Prachatai’s second story is by arrested activist Nuttaa Mahattana. It recounts the details of their arrest and detention.


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26 05 2018
Yet another “red shirt” arms cache “found” | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] We are skeptical on this one because police and junta people talked of such a “plot” quite a while before the rally with exactly the details now confirmed. It is said that the “suspects” were arrested on Tuesday, the day of the rally. That sequence seems all too convenient especially as the repression and road blocks were widely publicized. […]

26 05 2018
Yet another “red shirt” arms cache “found” | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] We are skeptical on this one because police and junta people talked of such a “plot” quite a while before the rally with exactly the details now confirmed. It is said that the “suspects” were arrested on Tuesday, the day of the rally. That sequence seems all too convenient especially as the repression and road blocks were widely publicized. […]