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Co-leader of the anti-establishment movement, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, announced via the Facebook page of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration that he will only consume water and electrolytes from Wednesday onwards.

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Parit has been on a partial fast for eight days now, and his lawyer, who visited him in prison on Tuesday, said the young man looks fatigued.

The lawyer also said that Parit told him he would intensify his fast, consuming only water and electrolyte beverages.

The protest leader had announced on March 15 that he would go on a hunger strike until he and others accused of insulting the monarchy are granted bail.

The anti-establishment movement, meanwhile, announced it will hold a rally at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong intersection on Wednesday evening.

The announcement also said that the protesters will be addressed by three key speakers, namely Pasarawalee "Mind" Thanakitwibulpol, Benja Apan and Attapon “Kru Yai” Buapat.

These three speakers are among the 13 protesters who were hit with lese majeste charges in relation to the rally outside the German embassy on October 26 last year.

The protesters had gathered at the mission to call on Berlin to investigate whether the Thai monarch violated German sovereignty by conducting state business on German soil.

Published : March 24, 2021

By : THE NATION