Bangkok Valentine's Day rally ringleaders freed after night in jail

Bangkok Valentine's Day rally ringleaders freed after night in jail

Police released on bail the four leaders of a group that gathered on Saturday night to mark last year's February 2 general election. They had been arrested for organising the rally by more than 300 people in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

Three of them were re-|leased after depositing Bt20,000 in cash each as a guarantee. Another was released after a lawyer gua-ranteed him. They were identified as Sirawait Serithiwat, Phansak Srithep, Wannakiart Chusuwan and Anon |Nampha.

The rally breached the National Council for Peace and Order's (NCPO) rule 7/2014, which prohibits any gathering of more than five people.

The incident took place on Valentine's Day at the Pathumwan intersection - |in front of the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre - when the Resistant Citizen group gathered to commemorate last year's February 2 general election, which was nullified.

The gathering was under the theme "My Beloved Election" and was joined by around 300 people. It also attracted some attention from passers-by in the vicinity.

The group began the event by imitating the action of going to the polls, saying they were preparing for the upcoming election, which is due to be held next year.

The four leaders will be summoned for an investigation on March 16 before the case is filed with the Military Court.

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