Accused of Insulting Thailand’s King, Student Jailed for 50 Days Refuses to Eat

SINGAPORE—One of the leaders of Thailand’s protest movement, a 22-year-aged university pupil, was led into a Bangkok court on Monday, slumped in a wheelchair and tethered to a saline drip just after two months on hunger strike.

Parit Chiwarak, whose mates get in touch with him Penguin, has been accused of insulting Thailand’s royal relatives. He has been in jail for extra than 50 days just after being denied bail by two separate courts.

Close mates say Mr. Parit’s condition is out of character. They say he is ordinarily animated, normally scribbling poetry in a notebook he carries and incessantly singing Thai people tunes. “We employed to complain about it, but now we overlook his music,” said a good friend who has recognised him since superior university.

Mr. Parit was one of the youthful leaders of a stunning movement that immediately challenged the country’s strong monarchy, which was extensive considered further than scrutiny. Demanding curbs on King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s powers, he and a couple fellow activists emerged as the vanguard of broader pro-democracy protests that began last year and received momentum over lots of months.

As authorities have heaped felony rates on critics and responded with escalating police action on the streets, protests have dwindled since their peak about August, when tens of hundreds regularly collected for demonstrations. They have ongoing, but with lower turnout and fewer frequency.