Thanathorn, Pannika join protesters to seek release of detained activists

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Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Pannika Wanich, a former spokesperson of the now-dissolved Future Forward Party, on Friday (September 4) evening showed up along with a group of protesters in front of Bangkok Remand Prison in Chatuchak district, urging officials to release two pro-democracy activists, Arnon Nampa and Phanuphong Chadnok.

The two were arrested last month on charges of sedition and breaching the emergency decree and public health rules, among other alleged offences.

Arnon had been granted bail on August 8 after being arrested for attending an anti-government gathering on July 18.

Police arrested him again on August 19 after his participation in an August 3 rally speech at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument.

Police issued a third arrest warrant against Arnon after he attended an August 10 protest at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus. Phanuphong was first arrested on August 7 and again on August 24. The Bangkok Criminal Court revoked bails for both of them due to alleged repeated offences.

The protest in front of the prison was a peaceful one with speeches by anti-government activists interspersed with music performance on stage. At 10pm the protesters light candles in front of prison gate while singing together before dispersing.