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Activist charged B6m for removing plants at Democracy Monument

Activist charged B6m for removing plants at Democracy Monument

THAILAND: What is the price for removing decorative plants at Democracy Monument? Student activist Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul found out yesterday (Mar 7) in a police charge.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 8 March 2021, 08:42AM


Bangkok Metropolitan Administration officials examine plants used to decorate Democracy Monument, which were removed by protesters on Feb 13, 2021. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration officials examine plants used to decorate Democracy Monument, which were removed by protesters on Feb 13, 2021. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb.

The Thammasat University student said she was ordered by Samran Rat police station to pay B5.9 million in compensation for damage caused by taking out plants placed to decorate the monument.

Ms Panusya said she was also charged for violating the emergency decree and sanitary and disease control acts in relation to the rally at the Bangkok landmark on Feb 13.

Ms Panusaya and other protest leaders under the People’s Movement banner led the rally to press for the release of four detained activists on Feb 13. The protesters removed the plants from the monument to clear the way for the protest.

Panupong Jadnok, also known as Mike Rayong, on Feb 13 accused the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration of intentionally placing the trees there to obstruct the rally.

The demonstration ended with a scuffle with police outside the Supreme Court near Sanam Luang after authorities blocked them from going to pay their respects at the Bangkok Pillar Shrine following a march along Ratchadamnoen Avenue from the monument.

Ms Panusaya is among about six people to be charged in the same incident.

She faces more serious charges, including lese majeste, following a rally on Sept 19 at Sanam Luang. The Criminal Court will inform her about the prosecution today.

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Kurt | 09 March 2021 - 10:18:21

A Police station can not order a arrested person to pay compensation, that is up to Court to rule. This compensation BLUFF and the (miss-)use of 'article 12' is just trying to scare off fresh thinking people who want Thai Democracy restored. Something what was stolen from them in 2013-2014 by Suthep & henchmen who made the road free for the 2014 Coup.

agogohome | 08 March 2021 - 19:51:05

It's time 'Kurt' found something better to do, other than insult people and post nonsense on every story! I'm surprised the moderators of this Page haven't banned him. 

Kurt | 08 March 2021 - 14:27:09

Sorry Fascinated, we all would like to know. However, investigating journalism is not possible in Thailand. They are not 'schooled' in that + Before journalists know they will be arrested if trying and charged with the most silly allegations to silent them. They just tumble over each other in making photos, and parrot Officialdom sayings. TIT. It needs democracy to report freely.

Fascinated | 08 March 2021 - 11:46:51

I'd love to know who had the initial contract to supply plants worth B6m. Someone's brother's uncle's cousin's son at that rate. The authorities just don't get how ridiculous they make themselves look with stunts like this- long may it continue.

Kurt | 08 March 2021 - 09:27:21

I am sure that student is wise asking to see the original bill of the small plants. Perhaps a few thousand THB? RTP takes the chance and tries to suck many millions out of it. Probably soon some RTP promotions has to be paid. The usual way. Also nice provocative to trigger heavier protests. Dumb or they like to see more protests?

 

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