BANGKOK: Dozens of protesters gathered in front of a Bangkok court on Saturday (Aug 8) to demand the release of activist leaders, vowing to escalate anti-government demonstrations with a call for a protest in the Thai capital.
Human rights lawyer Anon Nampa, 35, and student activist Panupong Jasnok, 23, were arrested on Friday and held overnight in connection with recent protests demanding greater democracy.
"Whom does the court serve in this country?" Parit Cheewarak, a student leader widely known by the nickname Penguin, told 60 to 100 protesters in front of Bangkok's Criminal Court.
"No matter how senior you are, you are not above the taxes that pay your salaries," he said as police watched.
Protesters have returned to Thailand's streets to call for the ouster of the government of 2014 coup leader Prayuth Chan-o-cha after a disputed general election last year that activists say was engineered to ensure his hold on power.
Charges against Anon and Panupong include sedition and violating an emergency decree imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.