More on foodpanda 112 case

21 07 2021

Prachatai and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights report that Sitthichote Sethasavet, 25, stands “accused of burning a royal arch at Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue during the 18 July protest. He is accused of royal defamation [they mean lese majeste] and arson…”.

He has denied all charges and was “released on bail with 100,000 baht as securities.”.

Sitthichok

Clipped from Prachatai

It is reported that Sitthichote “was arrested by plainclothes police at his house in Rangsit on Monday night.” Prachatai states:

Sitthichok’s arrest is related to the #banfoodpanda (#แบนfoodpanda) hashtag which trended on Sunday. A Twitter user mentioned the food delivery platform, saying its rider may have been involved in the arson attempt on a royal arch during the 18 July protest. Foodpanda responded by saying that it would look into the details and that the platform has a policy “against violence and all forms of terrorism.”

The comment angered many netizens for equating protestors with terrorists when the protesters faced violence from the police use of anti-protest measures. They criticized the platform’s stance which seemed to support authoritarianism and prejudice against its rider without any proper investigation. This led to users and restaurants themselves to call for a boycott of the Foodpanda service.

Foodpanda soon published “a letter apologizing for the disappointment that its message had caused among users and partners. The letter stated that the company is still carefully looking into the incident.”

Meanwhile, labor groups “published a statement condemning Foodpanda Thailand for violating their worker rights of political expression.”

The Nation reports that Sitthichoke has “denied charges of burning royal portrait during an anti-government protest on Sunday, claiming he was attempting to put out the flames.”

Police claim they “have evidence that proves the suspect burned a royal picture…”.

He also revealed that police officers were interrogating the 16 protesters arrested earlier for their role in Sunday’s rally.


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