Thai activist rejects police offer of conditional protection

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai pro-democracy activist who was attacked and left unconscious on a Bangkok sidewalk said on Tuesday he will refuse an offer of police protection that would require him to stop political activities.

Sirawith Seritiwat, widely known as Ja New, was severely beaten by four assailants near his home on June 28. He received head injuries and a fractured eye socket.

The military seized power in a 2014 coup and has cracked down on dissent while failing to fully investigate repeated violence against its critics. The Junta also enacted election laws that favoured its leader, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, in voting in March.

“Apart from prohibiting me to not get involved with anything political, I must also report to police my plans and whereabouts at all times,” Sirawith said by phone from his home, where he is recuperating after being released from a hospital on Sunday.

Sirawith Seritiwat. – AP