NATIONAL Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvari yesterday shrugged off calls by local scholars, political activists and international organisations to release the 14 student activists who were arrested on Friday.
Winthai said the authorities tried to enforce the law fairly.
He also chastised certain international organisations for spreading “inaccurate information” about the case.
An illegal public gathering carried a penalty of a fine or a few months’ imprisonment, he said, not “a long period of incarceration” as had been claimed by some organisations.
Nirun Pantarakit, a member of the National Reform Council, said the pressure from the international organisations would not have a serious impact on Thailand.
“This is an internal affair,” he said.
Worachai Hema of the Pheu Thai Party yesterday called for the immediate release of the anti-coup students.
He warned that public discontent would reach boiling point in a few months.