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Concert held to support Ja New after anti-junta activist assaulted again

Jun 29. 2019
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By The Nation

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Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan and lese majeste prisoner and anti-coup activist Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatararaksa led pro-democracy activists in hosting a mini concert that raised funds for anti-junta activist “Ja New” at the October 14 1973 Memorial in Bangkok on Saturday.

The latest attack on Sirawith “Ja New” Seritiwat left the anti-junta activist in ICU with a broken nose and cheekbone, and needing an operation to fix his broken right eye socket, the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights group said on Saturday. Sirawith was assaulted by four unidentified men with baseball bats in Bangkok on Friday morning. They were wearing helmets and riding motorbikes with no licence plates.

Sirawith helped organise the concert, named “Democracy 24 June: What’s day?”, to mark the 87th anniversary of the Siamese Revolution of 1932 that overthrew absolute monarchy and replaced it with constitutional rule.

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