Thai police arrest students in anti-junta protest

A students groups from universities around the Thailand, arrested after held street demonstrations to protest against the junta

Thai police arrest students in anti-junta protest

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Police in Thailand on Friday arrested 14 students who had been protesting against the ruling junta, in defiance of a ban on public gatherings.

The students, part of a coalition of university groups from around Thailand, held street demonstrations for three days in Bangkok this week to protest against the junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order.

"We've caught them all, according to the arrest warrants, and the next step is to tell them what they are accused of," Wutthichai Suponthawit, deputy superintendent of the capital's Samran Rat police station, told Reuters.

"We will now jail them."

Thailand's army chief accused some politicians of backing the student groups, but did not identify them.

"They are the group that is not satisfied with the administration of this government," General Udomdej Sitabutr told reporters earlier on Friday.

Around 80 students held a 10-hour protest outside a Bangkok police station on Wednesday, brandishing signs that read "Peace" and "We want power for the people" or banners reading "No coup".

Last month, 40 student activists were arrested after holding peaceful rallies on the first anniversary of the May 22 coup.

All were released but at least 11 were charged with violating the junta's ban on political activity and face trial in military court, with jail terms of a year, if found guilty.

The 2014 coup ousted the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's first female prime minister and a scion of the Shinawatra political family.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Haziran 2015, 17:11