12 July 2024

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit complained today that his party is being intimidated by a “dark power which refuses to let go of Future Forward” after he was summoned by the police this Saturday to acknowledge charges of inciting sedition posing a threat to national security.

The young firebrand party leader said in his Facebook post today that he found the summons from Pathumwan district police waiting at his home upon his return from a two-day tour,which took him to Chanthaburi, Trat, Rayong, Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan provinces, to thank supporters.

Barely one year old, the Future Forward party stunned political observers and politicians alike for coming third in the March 24thgeneral election, behind the winning pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party and runner-up pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party.  The party was reported to have captured more than 80 constituency and party-list seats.

Thanathorn said that he wondered when he had committed the alleged offence when, for the past several months, he had spent most of his time on the campaign trail around the country.

Nevertheless, he said that he would report to the police as summoned to prove his innocence, adding “I will not bow to dictatorship.  I have no law, no state power in my hands, no Section 44, no guns or prison to deal with my opponents. However, I believe that millions of people who cherish justice will stand by me and are ready to show that they will not put up with dark power that intends to destroy Future Forward.”

It’s still not clear what specific offences  Thanathorn is accused of having committed.

Tags:  Pathumwan district police, inciting sedition, Future Forward party leader, summons