Chucheep Chivasut

Chucheep Chivasut was a radio DJ accused of lese majeste. An arrest warrant was issued in August 2008. The case was reported by Time Up Thailand, which says that the accused has disappeared.

Also known as Uncle Sanam Luang, Chucheep was given his largest yet public stage when the military junta began rounding up persons it described as treasonous and republican.

Up to five persons were arrested for distributing black t-shits, claimed to be connected with the Organization for a Thai Federation. The group was said to operate from Laos and sought to establish a “federal republic.” Gen Prawit  Wongsuwan claimed the t-shirts originate in Laos and that about 450 shirts had been seized. Prawit blamed a group of Thai anti-monarchists fleeing prosecution for lese majeste and pointed at Chucheep.

Gen Prawit’s claimed that these republicans had a network in Thailand.

On YouTube there are videos that are actually more like radio programs, posted under the banner of Organization for Thai Federation and Sanamluang20082008. Some have hundreds of views and others more than 10,000. Clicking the links opens sites probably banned in Thailand.

Media reports:

Bangkok Post, 13 September 2018: “Woman gets bail after sedition interrogation

The Nation, 13 September 2018: “Junta exacerbating seriousness of T-shirt case

Bangkok Post, 12 September 2018: “CSD charges ‘traitorous’ T-shirt seller

Bangkok Post, 12 September 2018: “Woman caught with ‘anti-monarchist’ shirts denies sedition

Khaosod, 11 September 2018: “3 More Arrested Over Black T-Shirts, Lawyer Says

Bangkok Post, 11 September 2018: “‘Separatist’ T-shirts came from Laos, says Prawit

Khaosod, 10 September 2018: “Black Shirt Arrests Part of Crackdown on Republicans, Official Says

The Nation, 10 September 2018: “Black T-shirt detainee gets to see her sons

Khaosod, 7 September 2018: “Soldiers Raid Homes For Black Shirts, Abduct 2 Women: Watchdog

Prachatai, 7 September 2018: “2 women arrested over pro-republic t-shirts

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13 10 2012
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5 12 2012
Lese majeste not forgotten « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Aswin (family name withheld), The Bangkok 19, Bundith Arniya, Anthony Chai, Chanin Khlaikhlung, Chucheep Chivasut, Chuphong Thithuan, Community Radio Station 10, Giles Ji Ungpakorn, Kanyaphak Manichak, Kitti […]

11 09 2018
Republicanism and those shirts II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] and sedition, and security authorities had monitored his activities for a long time…”. Chucheep does appear in PPT files, but from a very long time ago and with scant information. (We will […]

11 09 2018
Republicanism and those shirts II | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] and sedition, and security authorities had monitored his activities for a long time…”. Chucheep does appear in PPT files, but from a very long time ago and with scant information. (We will […]