Ratsadon plans to rally on Wednesday

Ratsadon plans to rally on Wednesday

The Ratsadon group announced a fresh protest is planned in Bangkok on Wednesday, saying it would try to ensure participants' safety after Saturday's rally resulted in many protesters and police being injured.

"March 24, 2021 bring your bags and tie your shoelaces.... There will be a rally stage this time and of course rally speeches. Security will be ensured for all participants. Keep an eye out for further updates [on the planned protest] #March24Mob #End112 #FreeOurFriends," the group said in a post uploaded on the Facebook page of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group.

Meanwhile, Resistant Citizen, an offshoot protest network, staged a symbolic protest calling on authorities to free suspects being detained on lese majeste charges.

The protest began about 5pm outside the Supreme Court on Ratchadamnoen Avenue.

The protesters carried photos of 11 lese majeste suspects currently remanded in custody. They include Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak, Chai-amorn "Ammy The Bottom Blues" Kaewwiboonpan, Jatupat "Pai Dao Din" Boon­pattararaksa, Panupong "Mike" Jadnok and Panusaya "Rung" Sithijirawattanakul.

Thanakrit Chit-arirat, secretary to Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin, said Mr Parit has been moved from Bangkok Remand Prison to a detention facility in Pathum Thani where he will remain for 15 days for contempt of court.

The punishment stems from statements he made during a court hearing last week.

Mr Somsak has ordered the Corrections Department to have a doctor examine Mr Parit every morning to check his health while he continues his hunger strike, Mr Thanakrit said.

Despite refusing to eat food, Mr Parit has been taking milk and electrolyte drinks, said Mr Thanakrit.

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