Thai students ordered to report to police over attempt to stage demonstration

The bronze statues of past Thai kings at Rajabhakti Park.
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STUDENT activist Sirawith "New" Seritiwat went to Thon Buri Railway Police Station yesterday to receive a summons in regard to his attempt to stage a demonstration about graft at Rajabhakti Park on December 7.

The summons was issued after complaints by Colonel Burin Thongprapai, a member of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) legal team, against Sirawith and 10 other activists for gathering with five people or more.

The activists were told to report to the railway police station tomorrow, station inspector Pol Lt-Colonel Pakpoom Dechareungsilp said.

All 11 student activists were aware of the summons, Pakpoom said, adding that a second summons may be issued if they fail to report tomorrow, as requested.

Deputy police chief Pol General Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul said that the students could be found guilty for continual political activity.

Some of the students, namely Apisit Sapnapapan and Korakoch Saengyenpan, told The Nation |they had yet to receive the summons, while Chanoknan Ruamsap said she had received hers on Friday.

Sirawith said that they would later discuss for their "decision" on the matter.

Apisit and Korakoch said that they felt the incident was an abuse of power and that they may not meet the police, as ordered. However, the decision had to be finalised with their colleagues.