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Source: Amnesty International –

Responding to news that the Thai authorities have ordered a ban on gatherings of five or more people in Bangkok and on sharing information that “could create fear”, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, Ming Yu Hah, said: 

“This vague, drastic order will lead to more people unfairly arrested, detained and prosecuted. 

“With further public assemblies expected to happen today, we urge the Thai authorities to engage in constructive dialogue with the protesters. 

“The scale of today’s early morning arrests seems completely unjustified based on yesterday’s events. The assemblies were overwhelmingly peaceful. These moves are clearly designed to stamp out dissent, and sow fear in anyone who sympathizes with the protesters’ views. Peaceful protesters must be released immediately and unconditionally, and all those detained must have access to legal counsel. 

Instead of ruling by decree and mass arrests, the Thai authorities must reverse course.