Ex-Future Forward members deny charges over political rally

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

Three former members of the dissolved Future Forward Party, Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, Pannika Wanich and Pita Limjaroenrat and their lawyer visited the Pathumwan Police Station today (March 16) to deny charges that they organised a political rally last year.

The police said they were accused of organising a public rally at the Pathumwan Intersection Skytrain station on December 14 without seeking permission, blocking or interfering with train station services, organising a gathering without concern for the public, using speakers without permission and holding a public gathering within a 150-metre radius of the palace.
The three denied the accusations and police aim to file a case in court on April 7.
Piyabutr said the Public Assembly Act caused several problems, including a limitation that did not allow police to grant permission in time. He also said he would continue efforts to establish a political group to campaign on politics.
Meanwhile, Pita as the leader of the newly formed Kao Klai Party, said the law was an obstacle for new politicians, but he still believed in the freedom of public assembly according to the Constitution. He said the government should focus more on the Covid-19 situation than this issue.