'Gunfire Attack' At Prominent Monarchy Critic's House

(12 February) Unidentified individuals have allegedly opened fire at the residence of the historian well-known for his criticism of the Thai monarchy.


Mr. Somsak Jeamteerasakul, who teaches at Thammasat University, said on his Facebook account that two assailants entered the residence before firing live ammunition and rubber bullets at his house and his car this afternoon. 
A brick was also thrown at the house, Mr. Somsak said in a Facebook post, which included photos of bullet holes on his house and vehicle.
Mr. Somsak said he was inside the house at the time, and his neighbours also reportedly witnessed the attack.
The historian did not mention any injury. 
Due to his fame as a rare critic of the Thai monarchy, Mr. Somsak was targeted by the authorities for his remarks. Insults of the Thai Royal Family is punishable by up to 15 years in prison under the Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Codes.
The military has recently threatened totake legal actions against Mr. Somsak for his alleged offensive remarks concerning the monarchy. 

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