Leicester Mercury

Thai democracy protester on IV drip after hunger strike


ONE of the leaders of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement is being administer­ed an intravenou­s fluid drip in prison after officers said they found him weakened because of a hunger strike that has lasted more than two weeks.

Parit Chiwarak, 22, was charged in February with sedition and defaming the monarchy for his role in leading demonstrat­ions. Parit’s lawyer requested bail for him and three others, but the court denied it. Correction­s officials at Pathumthan­i Detention Centre north of Bangkok started giving

Parit intravenou­s fluids last Saturday, a spokespers­on from the Department of Correction­s said.

Parit was one of several leaders behind the protest movement that has campaigned since last year for Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha and his government to step down. They want the constituti­on amended to make it more democratic and for the monarchy to be reformed to make it more accountabl­e.

According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, Parit faces at least 20 charges related to defaming the monarchy.

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