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Pheu Thai MP raises Bt103,000 to support assaulted anti-junta activist

Jun 29. 2019
Graphic credit: Jirayu Huangsup Facebook
Graphic credit: Jirayu Huangsup Facebook
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By The Nation

Pheu Thai MP Jirayu Huangsup has raised Bt103,000 in donations to help pay the medical expenses of anti-junta activist Sirawith Seritiwat who was attacked on Friday morning in Bangkok's Kannayao district.

Jirayu posted on his Facebook wall on Friday that he would give the money to Sirawith, also known as “Ja New”, on Saturday (today).

Jirayu, who represents the district where the assault happened, said he would submit an interpolation to Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday to demand answers to questions related to the assault.

“Is this Thailand? What will you say, Prayut? Ja New is a resident of the home district of Klong Sam Wa. The incident happened in front of the soi of our houses. This Wednesday, I’ll submit an interpolation for the prime minister to answer questions. If he is not present to answer questions, how can 67 million Thais stay in this country?” Jirayu said in the post.

Jirayu also thanked Pheu Thai MPs for donating to help Sirawith.

“I would like to thank brothers and sisters and Pheu Thai MPs for transferring money to help with the cost of Ja New's treatment. The latest amount as of 9:55 pm is Bt103,000. I’ll give it to his mother tomorrow,” Jirayu said.

Sirawith was beaten up by four unidentified men with baseball bats. They were wearing helmets and rode on motorbikes with no licence plates. Sirawith suffered severe injuries to his head. His mother said he told her that he suspected he was being followed.

It was the second time Sirawith has been attacked this month. On June 2, the activist was also assaulted while he was walking on the street in Bangkok.

Sirawith is a prominent pro-democracy activist who actively campaigned against the junta rule over the past five years.

According to activist Nuttaa Mahuttana, Sirawith was set to join a fundraising concert for the pro-democracy movement on Saturday before flying to India to continue his studies.

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