Arisman to compose songs on national reconciliation
June 10, 2014 00:00 By The Nation 5,014 Viewed
Former singer and red-shirt activist Arisman Pongruangrong, who reported himself to the junta along with two aids yesterday came up with an idea.
He has offered to croon songs that would promote the NCPO’s reconciliation policies, according to Suchaiwut Chaosuankluay, an activist representing Free Thai Legal Aid (FTLA).
Suchaiwut said a number of people he represented could not report because the orders were issued at night, while some had health problems.
He said the FTLA would work to get them to present themselves to the NCPO at a later stage.
A woman using the name of Janya Yimprarsert, a political activist on a summons list, showed up yesterday, but was later discharged after a check found she merely had the same name as the person the junta was really after. That Janya later posted on her Facebook page that she remained in Finland.
The NCPO has issued three orders - 49th, 53rd and 59th – summonsing a large number of individuals, including red-shirt associates accused of violating lese majeste laws – such as Jakrapob Penkair, Giles Ji Ungpakorn, Ekkaphob Luara and Chatwadee Amornpat. All are reported to be abroad.
Among other high-profile names on the lists are Aree Krainara, the security chief of the red shirts, and Sunai Chulpongsatorn.
Jiraprawat Wasinsongsuradej, who reported himself yesterday, flashed three fingers to reporters across the street before going inside the Army Auditorium. He was told by soldiers not to flash the sign again, which has become a symbol of anti-coup activists.
Another red activist, Sombat Boonngamanong, was taken to the Army Auditorium yesterday from an Army barracks in Chon Buri, where he was found and detained last week. He will later be prosecuted through a military court after serving a seven-day detention, starting today at a location in Bangkok.
Sutthichai Sungkamanee, director-general of the Revenue Department, said those who ignored NCPO summonses would also face probes by his agency as well as the National Anti-Money Laundering Office and the Office of the Narcotics Control Board.