Seven DRG activists summoned to acknowledge charges for illegal public gathering

Seven activists who gathered at the Pathumwan intersection skywalk on Jan 27 to protest against the 90-day postponement of next election have been summoned by the police to acknowledge the charges against them.

Last week, the National Legislative Assembly overwhelmingly passed the final reading of an amendment to the election bill of Members of the Parliament whichwill make the bill enforcible 90 days after its publication in the Royal Gazette. This will automatically put off the next election by 90 days.

Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the deputy national police chief, said today that the legal team of the National Council for Peace and Order had lodged a complaint with the police accusing the seven members of the so-called Democratic Rehabilitation Group of defying the NCPO Order Number 3 and Assembly Act by gathering in public of more than five people without prior permission.

Pol Gen Srivara said that police had to take legal action against them because they had defied the laws regarding public gathering, adding that police would try to find out their sponsors – if there are any of them – because the group had vowed
to rally every Saturday.

The seven activists wanted by the police are: Mr Rangsiman Rome, Mr Sirawith Seritiwat, Mr Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, Mr Anon Nampa, Mr Ekkachai Hongkangwan, Mr Sukrit Piangsuwan and Mrs Nattha Mahatthana.