Administrative Court grants injunction for “We Walk for Friendship” long march

The Central Administrative Court has granted an injunction for the People GO Network’s long march campaign from Pathum Thani to Khon Kaen, ordering the police to stop obstructing the activity and provide safety for the participants.

The People GO Network (PGN) representatives filed charges against the police for disrupting the people’s right to peaceful assembly when  more than 200 police officers blocked the network from launching the We Walk For Friendship long march on Jan 20 despite the fact that the long march organiser has obtained a permit to hold the activity in line with the Public Assembly Act.

Although a small group of marchers managed to sneak out and began the 450-kilometres march in late afternoon of Jan 20, the police continued trying to stop them, they said.

The PGN also sought the court’s injunction for the long march to Khon Kaen, citing alleged intimidation by the police.

The Central Administrative Court held a hearing on Friday (Jan 26) and decided to gran the injunction for the long march as requested by the PGN.

In the injunction, the court order that the Royal Thai Police commissioner must instruct the police to refrain from doing anything that will obstruct the group’s rights to peaceful assembly.

The court also instructed the police to facilitate the activity and provide safety for the long march participants until the end of the activity set for Feb 17.

But in case that the gathering breaches the law, the police could exercise their authorities to halt the gathering or seek the court’s order to stop the activity.

The PGN, an umbrella organisation of social activists and academics working on health, natural resources, food security, and civil rights issues, organised the long march to communicate with the general public about the impact of the government policies including environment and natural resources, agriculture, health security, and freedom and liberties.