Weekend demo leaders face criminal charges

Weekend demo leaders face criminal charges

Police will gather evidence to press five charges against the organisers and participants of the anti-government rallies on Saturday, Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy commissioner Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawichai said on Sunday.

Those targeted include Nitithorn Lamlua, leader of the Prachachon Khon Thai group, and Jatuporn Prompan, of the Samakkhi Prachachon group.

The Prachachon Khon Thai group gathered at the Urupong intersection at 3pm before moving to the front of Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon where they staged a rally. It was called off about 6.40pm.

The Samakkhi Prachachon group gathered at Phan Fa Bridge at 4pm. They moved to the front of Ratchawinit School on Phitsanulok Road, where leaders took turns to make speeches until about 10pm.

Both rallies called for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign, citing his failures in the country's administration.

Pol Maj Gen Piya said leaders and participants of the two rallies could be charged with: organising a gathering which risked spreading diseases in violation of the executive decree; violating the Communicable Disease Act; violating the Public Cleanliness Act by leaving materials on the roads; obstructing traffic and violating the Land Traffic Act; and using loudspeakers without permission in violation of the Advertising Control Act.

Pol Lt Gen Piya said police at Nang Lerng, Phayathai and Samranrat stations have been ordered to gather evidence.

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