A prominent Thai protest leader is resting in a hospital in Bangkok on Saturday, after he was rushed overnight from a police station as chaos erupted when he and two others were released on bail over sedition charges.
Panupong “Mike” Jadnok appeared to be unconscious as he was loaded into an ambulance on Friday night. Local media said he fainted after being subjected to a “chokehold” by plain-clothes police, who apparently tried to rearrest him and his companions immediately after their release.
Images on social media posted on Saturday showed Panupong resting in a hospital bed at the Rama 9 Hospital. He, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak – in custody since mid-October – are among the best-known faces of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement. Protesters have demanded reforms to the country’s monarchy and for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha – the former military chief who staged a 2014 coup – to resign.