Jailed Thai protest leader: Keep the junta honestBy AP News Jun 20, 2014 10:08AM UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — The jailed activist who helped organize protests against last month’s military takeover in Thailand has some advice for his followers: The coup is done, so concentrate on keeping the junta honest.
Sombat Boonngamanong, speaking Thursday to an Associated Press reporter at a prison in Bangkok’s northern outskirts, also had some words for the ruling junta: Don’t expect to achieve reconciliation among the country’s sharply polarized people by suppressing free speech.
Sombat, 46, used social media to spearhead the “Hunger Games”-inspired three-finger salute campaign to protest the May 22 coup, even as he was hiding. He was arrested on June 5 after being one of a handful of people, among hundreds summoned, to defy an order to report to the authorities.