Prachatai News Office Raided by Police, Soldiers

Plainclothes police officers search the offices of Prachatai news Tuesday in Bangkok. Photo: Prachatai / Facebook

BANGKOK — Police and soldiers raided the offices of a pro-democracy news site Tuesday afternoon to search for campaign materials related to the forthcoming charter referendum.

Prachatai Managing Editor Chuwat Rerksirisuk said five plainclothes police officers entered their newsroom in Bangkok’s Sutthisan area at about 2:15pm while five soldiers waited outside.

The 10 officers left at about 3:30pm without answering questions posed by reporters, Chuwat said.

On Monday, Prachatai reporter Taweesak Kerdpoka was charged with violating the junta’s Referendum Law after officers arrested him in a vehicle along with pro-democracy activists carrying anti-charter campaign materials in their vehicle.

He and the activists were freed on bail by the court Monday.

Plainclothes police officers search the offices of Prachatai news Tuesday in Bangkok. Photo: Prachatai / Facebook
Plainclothes police officers search the offices of Prachatai news Tuesday in Bangkok. Photo: Prachatai / Facebook

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