‘Hunger Games’ activist Sombat freed on bail in ThailandBy AP News Jul 02, 2014 3:49PM UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Police say an activist who spearheaded silent protests against Thailand’s military coup, including a campaign featuring a three-fingered salute inspired by “The Hunger Games,” has been freed on bail after a month-long detention.
Police Col. Kittirat Noiponthong said Wednesday that Sombat Boonngamanong was released on conditions that he not incite unrest or travel overseas without permission from authorities.
He said Sombat was released Tuesday after posting a 300,000 baht ($9,250) bail.
The veteran social activist faces a variety of charges, including inciting division in the country by organizing protests, and faces penalties of up to several years behind bars.
Sombat was arrested June 5 after launching an online campaign calling for people to raise the three-finger salute to show opposition to the May 22 coup.