Three of Thailand’s anti-establishment protest leaders in hospital to recuperate
Protest leaders, Parit Chivarak and Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul were escorted by officers, from Prachachuen police station, to hospital for recuperation this morning.
The two had refused to be taken to Ayutthaya province last night, to acknowledge more charges against them, after they were granted bail by the Criminal Court. They claim that the Ayutthaya police’s warrants were invalid and challenged them to come to fetch them from Prachachuen police station.
While boarding a police car at Prachachuen police station last night, for the journey to Ayutthaya, Parit sustained minor injuries, from glass fragments, when a window at the police station was smashed.
He was administered first-aid by a doctor outside the station, which was surrounded by cheering supporters.
Another protest leader, Panupong Jardnok, was also slightly injured by flying glass.
Their supporters, who had been at the police station since last night, dispersed before dawn this morning, after the trio were driven to Kasemrat Hospital, before being transferred to Rama 9 Hospital.
Dr. Somchai Leelasiriwong, an advisor to the Director of Rama 9 hospital, said that the three protest leaders appeared to be suffering from fatigue and that they might have to stay at the hospital for 3 days or more, depending on whether there are further complications.
He said that the three are free to refuse treatment and leave the hospital any time they like.