Thai junta releases opposition activist Kritsuda Khunasen

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 June, 2014, 9:57pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 June, 2014, 2:51am

Thailand's military junta yesterday released an opposition activist who had appeared on an army television channel saying her detention was "too good for words to say" after demands from human rights group for her freedom.

Kritsuda Khunasen, an activist with the "red-shirts" movement that supported the government ousted in last month's coup, was detained by security forces on May 28 in Chonburi province, east of Bangkok.

In an effort to prove she was alive and being treated well, the army aired on its TV station several minutes of footage late on Monday showing Kritsuda sitting at a table talking. Her boyfriend, also in detention, was shown with her.

Junta spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree said Kritsuda had been released after a seven-day detention period allowed under martial law. Her boyfriend was turned over to police, the spokesman said. On Sunday, he said Kritsuda was detained because she was related to a suspect "allegedly involved with war weapons".

She was released, he said, but then summoned again on June 18 because the junta wanted Kritsuda "to enter the attitude adjustment process and to have more understanding".

Since taking power, Thailand's military has made clear it will tolerate no dissent. It has summoned hundreds of people perceived as threats to public order. Most of those who have been released have had to sign pledges saying they will not instigate unrest, effectively silencing public criticism.