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Palang Pracharath Party member sues Thanathorn, others over rally

Dec 16. 2019
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Sonthiya Sawasdee, a member of Palang Pracharath Party filed a lawsuit at Pathumwan Police Station today (December 16) against Future Forward Party (FWP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and three others (FWP secretary Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, FWP spokesperson Pannika Wanich, and FWP party listed MP Pita Limjaroenrat) for posting on facebook an invitation to Saturday's rally on the skywalk of the Pathumwan intersection on Rama I Road in Bangkok.

Sonthiya claimed that Thanathorn and his alleged accomplices violated 3 laws: 1) Organising a rally without notifying authorities, blocking public entrance-exit, and in less than 150 metres from royal residence (Sa Pathum Palace); 2) Violation of Criminal Law article 116, causing public disobedience to the law; and 3) Violation of royal institution according to Article 6 of Thai Constitution.

“I am on board with political rally as long it doesn’t cause problems to the public,” said Sonthiya “I want to use this case as a standard for political parties to follow and to remind supporters joining the rally that they still have to follow the law.”

Sonthiya also added that ‘suing the rally organisers’ is what he has done for decades based on personal belief that all political rally must be lawful, and that his filing of the case today was not done on behalf of Palang Pracharath Party.


Related Story: [Gallery] FWP rally is underway at Pathumwan skywalk

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