Pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan escaped physical assault on Friday when he made yet another symbolic protest targeting Deputy PM and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan.
Ekachai was preparing to hand his Bt1,000 watch to Prawit in front of Government House when a man, later identified as Ritthikrai Chaiwannasat, ran up to him fast.
Ritthikrai was, however, blocked by police officers. He and Ekachai were both taken to the Dusit district police station.
Ritthikrai was allegedly hiding a three-inch folding knife in his bag. He was charge with wrongfully carrying a knife in a public place.
Ekachai said the incident was the closest to a physical attack he had experienced during his activist years. “Normally I get attacked verbally, but not physically,” he wrote in his Facebook post. “I don’t know his affiliation but he surely wanted to threaten me.”
Ekachai has made several attempts to give his cheap watch to the scandal-ridden junta leader to convey his message that “any watch can tell the time and now the junta’s time is up”.
Prawit has been spotted wearing at least 25 luxury watches, whose prices range from hundreds of thousands to millions of baht, even though he had not declared any assets worth more than Bt 200,000 when he started serving in the Cabinet in 2014.