Penguin's mother joins activist, urges him to 'fight to the end'

Penguin's mother joins activist, urges him to 'fight to the end'

The mother of detained activist Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak yesterday urged her son to "fight to the end" as she joined pro-democracy demonstrators marching from Nakhon Ratchasima to Bangkok.

Sureerat Chiwarak said her son had taken part in numerous rallies to fight for his future and that of the nation. Now, she said, it was her turn.

"As a mother, I also want him to have a bright future like other parents who hope for a better future of their children," she told reporters covering the march by the "People Go" movement.

"Today, I have decided to join the march to give moral support to him to fight to the end. I am determined to join the march to Government House.

"Penguin, you are my heart. Don't worry about me and your younger siblings. All are fine. Don't feel discouraged as many people are sending you enormous encouragement.

"I want you to be released on bail so you can fight outside to show your sincerity that you are fighting for the sake of the nation."

Ms Sureerat also gave her encouragement to the other three detained protest leaders from the Ratsadorn (People's Movement) group. The marchers are calling for the release of the four activists, who have been detained on various charges, including lese majeste and sedition, over their roles in anti-government rallies.

Marching along Mittraphap Road to an area beneath a motorway bridge along the Lam Takhong reservoir in Pak Chong district, the group was joined by 20 more people yesterday, bringing the total on the long trek to Bangkok up to 70.

Led by Jatupat Boonpattararaksa -- the Khon Kaen activist known as Pai Dao Din who spent two years in prison for lese majeste -- the group started the 248km march from the Thao Suranaree monument in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Tuesday.

The marchers have adopted the slogan "Dern talu fah khuen amnat prachachon" (Walk through the sky to retake people's power) to campaign for the release of Mr Parit, Arnon Nampa, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and Patiwat "Mor Lam Bank" Saraiyaem.

The four are awaiting trial on charges stemming from a rally at Thammasat University and Sanam Luang in Bangkok on Sept 19 last year. They have been denied bail twice, with the court arguing they face serious charges and had shown a tendency to repeat offences in the past.

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