Thai police summon five activists over anti-government protest

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said yesterday that they have issued summonses to five activists who spoke at an anti-government rally in front of the army headquarters last month, accusing them of violating a coronavirus emergency decree that prohibits public gatherings.

The growing protests have emerged as the most serious threat to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha.

“They are being called in to hear charges as their rally breached the emergency decree,” said Police Colonel Prasopchoke Aiempinij. “No other charges are being considered at the moment.”

Among those being called in is Arnon Nampha, a civil rights lawyer who is out on bail after being charged twice following anti-government protests on July 18 and August 3, with accusations including sedition and violating the public assembly ban. Three of the other activists — Panupong Jadnok, Parit Chiwarak and Suwanna Tanlek — are also out on bail after being charged with sedition and other offences related to the July 18 protest.