13 protest leaders meet police over October rally

13 protest leaders meet police over October rally

Leaders of an anti-government protest group that staged a demonstration outside the German embassy in Bangkok in October gather at Thung Maha Mek police station on Thursday ahead of their appointment with prosecutors. The 13 accused face several criminal charges, including violations of Section 112, the lese majeste law. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)
Leaders of an anti-government protest group that staged a demonstration outside the German embassy in Bangkok in October gather at Thung Maha Mek police station on Thursday ahead of their appointment with prosecutors. The 13 accused face several criminal charges, including violations of Section 112, the lese majeste law. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)

Leaders of an anti-government movement that staged a demonstration in front of the German embassy in Bangkok in October travelled to meet prosecutors at Thung Maha Mek police station on Thursday.

One of them said the anti-government protest has had to stop for a while due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A total of 13 leaders met with public prosecutors over their alleged violations of Section 112 of the Criminal Code (the lese majeste law) and Section 116 of the Criminal Code.

More than 10 police provided security in front of the station and plainclothes officers took photos of people who turned up to give moral support to the protest leaders.

The Oct 26 protest in front of the German embassy on Sathon Road was organised by the pro-democracy Khana Ratsadorn group, whose leaders deny all accusations made against them.

One of them, Patsaravalee Tanakitvibulpon, said they were waiting for the prosecutors to decide whether to charge them in this case.

Ms Patsaravalee and the other protest leaders are facing a string of charges in a number of cases.

She said the latest summons against her had been issued two months after an earlier protest, on Oct 14.

Ms Patsaravalee admitted the new wave of Covid-19 infections in the country had made it harder for the protesters to gather but insisted they would rally again in the future.

Atthapol "Khru Yai" Buaphat, another protest leader, said the group also submitted more handwritten evidence and called on the police to question more witnesses.


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