Concern for Penguin

12 04 2021

A couple of weeks ago PPT posted on increasing concern for political prisoner, Parit Chiwarak or Penguin, who has been on a fast in protest against the repeated refusal of bail on lese majeste charges. He has now been on this partial hunger strike since mid-March.

Over the past few days, several alarming posts have been seen on social media, with the regime denying the worst of these. The prison says “ParitParit was able to stand up, walk, sit up and perform daily activities.”

Even so, Penguin’s condition is such that he requires close monitoring by nursing staff, 24 hours a day.

On April 10, those nursing staff were said to have declared Penguin, to be “in good condition.” The details tend to suggest otherwise; he has “slight exhaustion and slightly dry lips,” and “itchy rash on the chest and back” and “still receives intravenous infusion…”.

With virus cases exploding across the country, all detainees are now in grave danger.


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