October 25, 2013 00:00 By Pravit Rojanaphruk The Nation
Forty high-school and university students were detained and fined for illegally modifying a vehicle by setting up loudspeakers and making space for posters as part of their protest calling for educational reform on Friday.
The group included the well-known high-school student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, 16.
The student activists were escorted to Dusit police station shortly after 2pm and fined Bt500 each.
Piyarath Jongthep, a senior student from King Mongkut University of Technology North Bangkok, told The Nation shortly after being released that the police had also tried to press charges on him and his friends for violating the Internal Security Act currently declared in the Dusit district, where they were arrested. He said the police were also thinking of charging them with disturbing the motorcade of HRH the Crown Prince, but later dropped the idea.
Piyarath said his group would file a complaint against the officers who apprehended them as their “police vehicle” did not have a licence plate, which the officers said had fallen off.
The group was calling for educational reform in seven points, including providing education for all and removing regulations that contradict or infringe on the principle of human rights.