Thai protest leader ‘Toto’ among 12 held for selling prawns to help farmers

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): Pro-democracy activist Piyarat “Toto” Chongthep, founder of the We Volunteer (Wevo) network of protest guards, was reportedly among a group arrested at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang at around noon on Thursday (Dec 31) as they tried to sell over 5 tonnes of fresh prawns.

“The group expected to sell prawns worth over Bt800,000 at Sanam Luang to passers-by during the New Year countdown in a bid to help seafood farmers hit by the Covid-19 crisis in Samut Sakhon, one of Thailand’s largest seafood producing provinces, ” said a source.

According to witnesses, police confronted Wevo members at 11am and said they were violating the ban on unauthorised public gatherings at Sanam Luang, where selling of products is also prohibited.

Police also said that under the current emergency decree, holding a public gathering is punishable by up to two years in jail or a Bt40,000 fine.

Police arrested Piyarat and members of his group and took them to Border Patrol Police Region 1 Headquarters in Pathum Thani province for questioning.

Twelve members of Wevo were arrested, according to a Facebook post by rights lawyer and pro-democracy activist Arnon Nampha.

One is only 16 years old and is expected to be sent to the Central Juvenile and Family Court, he added.

On Dec 26, Piyarat and Wevo group sold a tonne of prawns in front of Government House, supervised by police officers there. - The Nation/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Thailand , protest , leaders , police , Toto , arrest , prawns


Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Aseanplus News

Brunei: Schools feted for their excellence
Freezer firm to launch probe after Japan vaccines spoil
Laos eyes graduation from Least Developed Country status in 2026
Brunei: 48 flood-affected families get govt aid
Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano spews ash into sky
Lao govt to closely monitor self-quarantine of people entering Laos; expects foreign visitors to have Covid-19 insurance
Cambodia's new Covid-19 cluster cases top 340; a growing issue in the capital in fight against pandemic
Myanmar junta asks forces not to use live bullets on protesters
US father and son handed to Japan over Ghosn's escape
Brunei Asean chairmanship gets full support from Malaysia

Stories You'll Enjoy