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Varsity lecturer, human rights lawyer accompany student protesters to Chiang Mai police station

Oct 26. 2020
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By The Nation

A lecturer from Chiang Mai University and a lawyer from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights accompanied student activists to the police station in Chiang Mai province, to acknowledge the charges against them while emphasising their basic right to protest.

The group led by Somchai Preecha-silpakul, a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Chiang Mai University, arrived at Muang Chiang Mai police station at 10am.

The students who faced charges for the public gathering on August 9 reported to the police because of arrest warrants against them for allegedly inciting disturbance in the kingdom, gathering without informing the authority, violating the emergency decree on pandemic and using speakers without permission.

Somchai said that the seven students came to show their innocence and they were ready to fight in the legal system, saying the gathering was their basic right under the Constitution.

They were not arrested as police said the accused had no intention to flee and more than 10 teachers were willing to bail them in the future.

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