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Court to hear lawsuit filed by activists in July

Jan 24. 2017
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By Kasamakorn Chanwanpen
The Nation

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The Civil Court decided yesterday to hear the cases filed against the authorities by the pro-democracy movement in July.

The New Democracy Movement (NDM) filed a civil lawsuit against the Royal Thai Police, the Army and the Office of Prime Minister for actions taken against them on May 22, 2015, when officers allegedly assaulted demonstrators in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC).

A source in NDM’s legal team claimed that the protest was in line with people’s rights and freedom, and the group is suing the authorities for damages because officers used force against them. 

On May 22, 2015, pro-democracy activists held a symbolic protest outside BACC on the first anniversary of the 2014 coup and many were arrested for violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings. Officers reportedly assaulted those resisting arrest. 

The court yesterday decided to hear the accusers from July 18 to 21 and the defendants from July 26 to 28 and on August 1 and 2. 

The criminal lawsuit filed against the NDM for allegedly violating the political ban has, however, not progressed, the source said, adding that the case was still in the hands of the police and not taken to court yet. 


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