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Khana Ratsadon 2563 vows to continue protest despite state of emergency, arrest of 4 leaders
PoliticsOct 15. 2020File Photo of Parit, a rally leader
By THE NATION
The Free Youth Group on Thursday posted an announcement on Facebook by Khana Ratsadon 2563 (People’s Party 2020), which called the arrest of four of their leaders “an unfair act” and termed thestate of emergency a “government ploy”, while vowing to continue their protest at 4pm.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency in Bangkok effective from 4am on Thursday to control the escalating pro-democracy protest in front of Government House since Wednesday.
Hundreds of crowd-control police officers were deployed and they eventually drove the protesters out of the area.
“In the early morning of October 15, government officials arrested four rally leaders – namely Parit Chiwarak (Penguin), Anon Nampa, Prasit Utharoj and Phanuphong Jadnok,” the announcement said. “It is an unfair act since the right to gather is allowed under the democratic regime, and is considered one of the basic rights of all humans. The declaration of state of emergency is not for the sake of the public, but is merely a government ploy to obstruct pro-democracy movements and keep control on their power,” it went on to say.
“We will continue our rally at 4pm on Thursday at Ratchaprasong Intersection. If you are a pro-democracy person, please come out and join us to take down the dictatorial power and its feudal followers,” the group added in the announcement.