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Supporters in large numbers visit pro-democracy activist's 'tent' campaign


Several people visited the October 14 Memorial on Bangkok’s Rajdamnoen Klang Road on Friday (August 28) morning to cheer activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, better known as Pai Dao Din.

Jatupat is leading the “Camp Not Jail” campaign by erecting tents around the monument.
In this campaign, the activist and his friends screen documentaries about democracy to draw the attention of passerby. Also, visitors to the monument were screened by the organiser’s guards
Some vendors have set up stalls there. Meanwhile, the traffic near the monument was facilitated by local police.
On Friday morning, the activist and this friends aimed to visit Samranrat Police Station.
On Monday (August 24), Jatupat decided to set fire to his police summons at an anti-government rally held near Khon Kaen’s Democracy Monument.
The activist said the summonses were just a sign of oppression and intimidation, and said he was burning them to prove he was not afraid of the powers that be.
Previously, he had spent more than two years in jail for lese majeste and violation of the Computer Crime Act for sharing a BBC Thai Facebook biography of His Majesty the King in December 2016.
The Thai government has been cracking down on pro-democracy protesters and those it deems to be undermining the monarchy.
The protesters have launched almost daily rallies nationwide, demanding a new Constitution, dissolution of Parliament, and an end to intimidation of activists. Some of the youth-led protests have also called for reform of the monarchy, breaking a deep taboo against debate on the royal institution.

Published : August 28, 2020

By : THE NATION