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Police officers attempted to take a leader of the pro-democracy movement into custody Friday afternoon in downtown Bangkok.

Sirawith “Ja New” Seritiwat and members of the Democracy Restoration Group were handing out pamphlets critical of junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in advance of a protest planned for Tuesday’s fourth anniversary of the 2014 coup at BTS Asok when officers approached them, according to a livestream by the group.

Sirawith said officers told him the group could not hand out such pamphlets and threatened to take them to Lumpini police station for questioning. The group refused to comply.

“The officer then asked my friend to show his ID card, but he refused,” he said. “Another officer claimed police are authorized to ask for people’s ID cards and that he would take us to the police station If we refused.”

His friend finally showed the ID card to the officers.

The confrontation ended when Sirawith and the group proceeded to enter the station to board a train. Sirawith said plainclothes policemen continued to follow them until they boarded the train.

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A junta legal rep said Thursday he will file a police complaint against the Pheu Thai Party for violating the Computer Crime Act and political assembly ban.

Col. Burin Thongprapai’s threat was made as the party held a news conference to highlight what it described as seven failures by the military regime four years on since the May 2014 coup d’etat.

Police warned party executives they risked violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings of more than four people. The party responded by cutting those at the conference table to two former ministers – Chaturon Chaisang and Watana Muangsook – and Choosak Sirinin, its chief legal officer.

Burin said the politicians not only violated the assembly ban but also the Computer Crime Act by showing the event on the party’s website.

The first of Pheu Thai’s seven complaints was that the junta failed to restore democracy as promised after the putsch. Secondly, it didn’t foster national reconciliation and instead ended up becoming a party to political conflicts. The third failure, Pheu Thai said, was the junta’s inability to eradicate graft while the fourth accused it of violating basic rights and liberties.

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Several students said Wednesday that undercover police visited their homes and schools in response to their protest of a visit by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to their campus.

Several Chulalongkorn University students who protested the junta chairman said undercover police have stalked them since Tuesday, a day after they heckled Prayuth near their downtown campus in a protest the retired general stopped his security from breaking up.

“Around 10 police officers, both plainclothes and in uniform, followed me to the UN today when I went to submit a letter to inform them that we students were being harrassed,” 19-year-old Tanawat Wongchai said.

Tanawat also said that on Tuesday, men calling themselves “security officers” went to the staff at the university’s Faculty of Economics to ask about him.

“They asked where I’m from, my behavior as a student, and whether I did anything political as Chula’s student vice president,” he said. “The worst was when they asked for my address and contact info, but the staff didn’t give it to them. This is so dangerous.”

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Human rights and migrant assistance groups in Thailand say Myanmar migrant workers of Muslim and South Asian heritage have faced barriers in proving Myanmar nationality which is a required step in gaining legal status in Thailand.

Many have been unable to satisfy requests from Myanmar consular staff for extra documents that are not demanded from members of other ethnic and religious groups, in order to obtain Myanmar-issued Certificates of Identity required for Thai visas and work permits.

This has left them with the choice of returning to Myanmar to get the requested documents — going through expense and the risk of interrogation by Myanmar police — staying in Thailand where they face arrest as illegal migrants, or paying exorbitant fees to brokers in attempts to circumvent the barriers.

Migrants of all backgrounds were caught in a rush to regularize their status before March 31, when cards issued by the Thai government since 2014, granting the temporary right to stay and work, expired. One Stop Service Centers, hosting Myanmar and Thai officials, were set up across Thailand to speed up the process.

An official at the Myanmar Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population, who asked not to be named because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media, did not deny the extra scrutiny being applied to Muslims and other groups but said details could only be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Officials at this ministry refused comment.

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No court date has been set for a Russian sex guru and Belarusian escort who say they have information on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election while a cone of silence has muzzled Thai officials.

Thatchapong Sarawanangkool, chief of the detention center where the pair and others are being held, confirmed Friday that the pair and their eight accomplices were not expected to have their day in court anytime soon.

Asked to confirm reports that FBI agents were turned away from the Immigration Detention Center, Thatchapong, who was recently installed as its new head, said they were not true.

“We have not received such visit,” Col. Thatchapong, who took the reins after CNN reported such nearly a month ago in a thinly sourced story. “Right now, we are prosecuting them under Thai laws.”

A well-placed police source familiar with the case refused to confirm or deny the same reports, saying the mater is “about national security” and he does not want to “damage Thailand.” The New York Times reported the alleged FBI visit Monday in a story that included reporting from its Washington-based reporter who covers the FBI.

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A complaint has been lodged with Chanasongkram police by the National Council for Peace and Order against 57 core leaders and followers of the pro-election political group, accusing them of inciting rebellion among the people to defy the law, illegal political assembly and violation of the NCPO order regarding the maintenance of peace and order.

The complaint was filed by Colonel Burin Thongprapai, an officer attached to the Army on behalf of the NCPO. Named as core leaders of the group are Karn Pongprapaphan, Sirawat Serithiwat, Rangsiman Rome, Ms Nattha Mahatthana, Thanawat Promchak, Aekkachai Harnkangwan, Chokechai Paibulratchata, Anont Nampa, Pakorn Areekul and Mr Sripai Nonthorn.

The other 47 followers of the pro-election group include Netiwit Chotepatpaisarn, Ms Chonthicha Jaengraew, Korakot Sangyenphan, Sorawat Komniyavanich, Ratthapol Supasophon, Mrs Suwanna Tarnlek, Noeng Katesakol, Mrs Matthana Atjima, Surasak Asavasena Mrs Nattaya Panuwat, Mrs Passorn Boonkhee, Mrs Yupa Saengsai, Mrs Pranoom Poonthawee, Pattharapol Thanadetpornlert, Apisit Sapnapapant, Visarut Anukulkarn, Anurak Jentavanich, Sombat Thongyoi and Od Angmoon.

Source: Thai PBS

Protesters pushed past police Saturday evening on a march to army headquarters in Bangkok to demand the military dissolve the ruling junta and hold elections.

In what appeared the largest turnout since protests erupted anew in January, a crowd of several hundred set out from Thammasat University just after 5pm and after about two hours of maneuvering around police managed to march on army headquarters.

“If you continue to get in the way of democracy, then the military will lose more and more of its dignity,” protest leader Rangsiman Rome said over a megaphone at 8:15pm from outside the building.

He added that anyone who sides with the junta is a “traitor to Thailand.”

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