Thai Authorities Detain Karen Activist for Protesting Junta's Forest Policy

Pruet Odochao, centre, lights a candle on Saturday afternoon in front of the Three Kings Monument in central Chiang Mai together with about 30 other activists [Prachatai English]

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK – The Thai military detained a northern activist for holding a symbolic political event to condemn the junta’s forest policy in the northern province of Chiang Mai.

At around 5 pm on Saturday the military detained Pruet Odochao, a Karen activist from a group called People’s Group for Northern Reform, for two hours after he participated in a symbolic political activity of lighting candles in front of the Three Kings Monument in central Chiang Mai.

The military officers reportedly searched his belongings and checked his cell phone before releasing him after two hours’ detention.

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