Pro-democracy activist Ekachai arrested

Pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan was arrested by police Saturday morning (Feb 10) after he and three other activists defied two summonses by Pathumwan police for acknowledgement of charges.

Mr Ekachai was taken from his home by the police to Lat Phrao police station for making arrest record before being escorted to Pathumwan police for acknowledgement of charges in connection with the Jan 27 gathering at Pathumwan intersection’s sky walk to call for election.

The Bangkok South Criminal Court on Friday (Feb 9) approved arrest warrants for Mr Ekachai and three other activists, including Rangsiman Rome, Sirawit Serithiwat, and lawyer Anon Nampa, who have been charged with defying Public Assembly Act and NCPO head order 3/2558 and incitement of unrest in accordance with Section 116 of the Criminal Code.

The arrest came just hours before the pro-democracy activists planned another gathering at the Democracy Monument at 4 pm today.

Pathunwan police said the three other activists would be arrested upon court’s warrants if they showed up at the gathering this afternoon.

Mr Sirawith and Mr Rangsiman posted on their Facebook pages yesterday (Feb 9) that they would go ahead with the planned gathering at the Democracy Monument despite the arrest warrants.