The popular tourist beaches nea…” class=”blkBorder img-share” /> FILE – In this Tuesday Jan. 11, 2005 file photo, tourists use kayaks on Ton Sai beach in Krabi province in southern Thailand.

The popular tourist beaches near southern Thailand’s Andaman Coast may soon play host to an unlikely new fixture, an 800-megawatt coal power plant.

Arnon Nampa, 36, a human rights lawyer who first openly demanded reform of the monarchy at a Harry Potter-themed rally in August. He draws on his experience of an earlier round of protests and years of court appearances to defend government critics.

– Arrested Oct.

* Jatupat “Pai Daodin” Boonpattararaksa, 29, leader of a student activist group in northeast Thailand, is being prosecuted for one lese majeste case and eight cases of other offences.

He was released from prison in 2019 after an earlier lese majeste conviction.

Protesters say the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, or EGAT, is pushing ahead with a bidding process for the plant and a seaport that would receive overseas shipments of coal before an environmental impact assessment has been completed.

Plans to launch the bidding process were delayed until next month, which EGAT says is unrelated to the ongoing protests.

BANGKOK, March 8 (Reuters) – Thailand’s youth-led anti-government protests started in July to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and have also made once-unthinkable calls for reform of the country’s powerful monarchy.

The rally, which defied a ban on public gatherings due to the pandemic, comes as Prayuth’s government faces public criticism over its handling of coronavirus outbreaks, a slow economic recovery and a vaccine policy that involves a company owned by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

* Arnon Nampa, 36, a human rights lawyer who first openly demanded reform of the monarchy at a Harry Potter-themed rally in August, is being prosecuted for 21 cases, including 11 of lese majeste, which prohibits criticism or insults of the king He has been jailed since Feb.

9 awaiting trial over protests in September.

“The chosen assassin, Vikas Dabas, alias Fauji (23), came dressed as an advocate and was carrying two ‘case files’ to evade frisking,” said Special Commissioner (Special Cell) S.

Piyarat “Toto” Chongthep, 29, was arrested for tearing up a ballot during a constitutional referendum in 2016.

A member of the Free People Movement. Negotiated with police during Oct 14. Began protesting after the 2014 coup.

Most of the protest leaders have been released on bail. Protesters had broken traditional taboos by criticising the king, risking prosecution under a strict lese majeste law that makes insulting or defaming the king, queen, heir and regent punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Leader of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration. Thammasat is one of Thailand’s top universities. – Arrested Oct.


Panusaya “Roong” Sithijirawattanakul, 22, read out a 10-point manifesto calling for reform of the monarchy in August.

* Patsaravalee “Mind” Tanakitvibulpon, 25, an engineering student, is being prosecuted for two lese majeste cases and six cases of other offences.

She helped organise the Harry Potter-theme protest in August and could be indicted when summoned later this month over a protest in October at the German Embassy in Bangkok.

Krabi and some of the islands off its coast are known as Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, including Koh Phi Phi, which rose to international prominence after being featured in DiCaprio’s film.