The national police chief announced on Monday that individuals who disrupted a royal motorcade by honking and attempting to cut into it earlier this month are set to be formally charged later this week.
Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol expressed his belief that the individuals involved in the protest were guided by advisers.
Tantawan Tuatulanon and an associate from the Thalu Wang (Breaking into Palace) group are accused of attempting to disrupt Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s motorcade on a Bangkok expressway on February 4 by honking and trying to cut into the middle of it.
Tantawan, aged 20, is an experienced activist opposing the interruptions caused by royal motorcades. She was arrested on March 5, 2022, for allegedly violating the lese majeste law (Section 112 of the Criminal Code).
This occurred as she conducted a Facebook poll and a live broadcast discussing royal motorcades on February 8, 2022. Other prominent members of her group face similar charges.
Additionally, on February 8, 2022, Tantawan led a public opinion gathering activity outside the Siam Paragon shopping mall, which led to charges against her for defaming the monarchy.
“Please allow the police to gather clear evidence. Once it is done, everyone will see that the police are thorough. Please give us two more days, and then there will be charges and arrest warrants. There will definitely be arrests”, the national police chief stated on Monday.
He warned that prosecuting the suspects could result in the cancellation of their temporary bail. The police chief believed that the young demonstrators likely had external support and advice.
On Saturday, the group avoided activities that could have led to legal issues. “I believe they’re being guided”, Pol Gen Torsak stated. “While I cannot confirm the involvement of politicians, I can affirm they have advisors”.
Despite plans to continue their polls on royal motorcades, the group encountered resistance from royalist groups, leading to a scuffle on a Bangkok skywalk.
The police chief assured that legal actions would be taken against all suspects with sufficient evidence.
He emphasized his long-standing commitment to the protection of the royal family, stating that safeguarding the monarchy is the police’s top priority.