From Human Rights Watch:
Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate renewed threats and attacks against prominent pro-democracy activist Ekachai Hongkangwan and other activists, Human Rights Watch said.
On April 1, 2019, at about 1 a.m., unidentified arsonists torched Ekachai’s car outside his house in Bangkok’s Lad Phrao district. The attack came a day after Ekachai led a protest calling for impeaching the Election Commission for allegedly helping junta leader Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha remain in power after Thailand’s general election on March 24. In another case, on the evening of March 31, two unidentified assailants beat another activist, Anurak Jeantawanich, after breaking into his house in Samut Prakarn province. Anurak, who was at the same protest as Ekachai, suffered minor injuries.
“The environment for Thailand’s pro-democracy activists appears to be taking a turn for the worse,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “It’s crucial for Thai authorities to fully investigate these incidents, bring the attackers to justice, and act promptly to end the deepening climate of fear.”
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