Junta files complaint over march on Army HQ

politics March 31, 2018 18:32

By The Nation

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The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Friday filed a complaint against 57 pro-democracy protesters for allegedly committing sedition.

Those named in the complaint included Kan Pongpraphapan, Sirawith Seritiwat, Rangsiman Rome, Nattha Mahuttana, Ekachai Hongkanwan and Anon Nampa.

The complaint was made by Colonel Burin Thongprapai, a member of the NCPO’s legal department.

It was in response to last week’s demonstration in which protesters called for the army to stop supporting the NCPO as they marched from the Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus to the Royal Thai Army headquarters.

Most of the named demonstration leaders have been previously charged with several offences related to a series of protests calling for an election to be held this year.

Police officers reportedly were also mulling whether to charge the protesters for using amplifiers, resisting an officer’s orders, and assaulting officers. The latter relates to demonstrators breaking through officers lining up to block them from marching on the Army headquarters, resulting in a brief clash.