Move Forward MPs stage protest over jailing of pro-democracy activists
Opposition Move Forward MPs interrupted Wednesday’s session of Parliament by holding up photos of pro-democracy activists to protest their imprisonment.
The move came a day after the court denied bail for eight protest leaders charged with lese majeste over their participation in rallies calling for monarchy reform last year. The court cited the risk of protest leaders repeating their alleged crimes if they were released.
The eight denied bail were Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Panupong “Mike” Jadnok, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa, Patiwat Saraiyaem, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan and Piyarat Chongthep. Parit began a hunger strike at Bangkok Remand Prison on Wednesday to protest what he said was unjust imprisonment.
Move Forward MPs were in Parliament for the third and final reading of the draft Constitution amendment bill. The final vote on the bill is due tomorrow.