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Pro-democracy group to mark Songkran with ‘colour bombs’ on Prayut, Cabinet


The pro-democracy Ban Talu Fah or UNME of Anarchy group posted a message on Facebook calling on its supporters to show up at Government House on Thursday from 2pm to mark Songkran by “throwing colour bombs at [Prime Minister] Prayut [Chan-o-cha] and his Cabinet” at 2pm on Thursday.

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Thursday (April 15) is the last day of Songkran and is traditionally the day when people seek blessings from the elderly.

Meanwhile, Lt-General Piya Thawichai, deputy chief and spokesman of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, warned that anybody attending the rally will be violating two laws and will be punished accordingly.

Protesters will be violating the Emergency Services Act, which is punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to Bt40,000 and the Communicable Diseases Act, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and/or a fine of Bt100,000.

Piya called on the protesters to think about the nation and the public before holding a rally during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said holding gatherings at this time will worsen the virus situation for people, who are already in a state of panic. He also said that police will be on standby to arrest and prosecute those who break the law.

Published : April 15, 2021

By : The Nation