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Military junta considers legal action against pro-election activists

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The military junta is considering legal action against pro-election activists after they held a protest rally in front of the Army Headquarters strongly criticising the government and the military junta on Saturday (March 24).

Spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Maj-Gen Piyapong Klinphan, also commander of the 11th Army Circle, said on Monday that the pro-election group led by political activist Rangsiman Rome and Sirawith Serithiwat, of the Democracy Restoration Group, didn’t keep to the promise they made when they sought permission to hold activities at Thammasat University and then marched to the Army Headquarters on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road.

 

Maj-Gen Piyapong said the group told authorities before the rally that they would visit the Army Headquarters only to submit their demands to the army representatives, but instead they set up a mobile stage and used loudspeakers to criticise the government and the NCPO.

He said the legal affairs of the NCPO is now looking into their protest rally to see whether they defied any laws and orders.

Moreover, he said, Mr Rangsiman and Mr Sirawith were earlier prohibited by the court from holding any political activities that incite disobedience or disturb peace and order.

But both broke the rules by leading a protest march to the Army Headquarters using loudspeakers to launch verbal attacks on the military junta along the route from Thammasat Univisity to the Army, he said.


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