Thailand's anti-junta politician declares before the police accused of sedition

Thailand's anti-junta politician declares before the police accused of sedition

The young politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the emerging Anakot Mai party that brought together a large part of the vote against the military junta in Thailand, told the police on Saturday of an accusation of sedition.

Caught by about 200 followers, dozens of journalists and diplomats from a dozen countries, Thanathorn went to the Pathum Wan police station after thanking supporters and making a known gesture against the dictatorship in Thailand.

The police citation, which Thanathorn received earlier this week, was issued following a complaint filed by the military junta accusing him of "inciting the population to disorder and disobedience" and encouraging "acts of rebellion."

The charges (sedition, helping a suspect escape and illegal gathering of more than 5 people) are linked to a student demonstration in 2015 and carry a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison.

The formation Anakot Mai (Future New), founded last year by this 40-year-old businessman, was the great surprise of the elections of March 24, the first after the coup d'état in 2014, which obtained 6.3 million of votes that, in the absence of official results, places them as the third force of Parliament.

Before and after the elections, the authorities have tightened the siege on the emergent formation with diverse accusations that put in danger the survival of the formation, that could get to be dissolved by order of the Electoral Commission.

After the elections, Anakot Mai joined a coalition of parties opposed to the military junta that ensures that she has enough seats to control the Parliament.

Although, due to the laws passed by the military junta during its rule, the coalition has complicated government formation.

The Electoral Commission plans to publish the official results of the elections on May 9, after the coronation ceremony of King Vajiralongkorn, which will take place from May 4 to 6.


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