Monday, 15 February 2016

Sirawith, student activist arrested at annual football match

On 12 February 2016, Sirawith Seritiwat, student activist was arrested at the annual Chulalongkorn-Thammasat football match, as authorities clamped down on a float mocking the constitution drafters in the traditional political.

The police wearing Thammasat football outfits arrested him under a Military Court warrant issued on 11 February 2016.

He was pulled from the Thammasat University parade and taken to the Thon Buri train police station for questioning after having failed to report as summoned by police earlier.

Late night, he has been released on bail and is required to report to the Thon Buri railway police station on Monday, February 15.

On 20 January 2016, Sirawith was abducted and reportedly abused by eight military officers before he was transferred to Nimit Mai Police Station.

The four other activists were also detained after Sirawith’s abduction. However, the military court rejected a police request to detain the five activists.
In total, 11 youth activists have been summoned by the police over the failed excursion to Rajabhakti Park in December 2015. Only six, however, currently face arrest warrants as they have refused to cooperate with the police, saying that they did nothing wrong, but only performed their role as active citizens.
Thanet Anantawong, 25, one of the six, reportedly fled to Laos last month.
Last year, Sirawit, Chonticha, and Abhisit were arrested for participating in a commemoration of the 2014 coup d’état.

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