Royalist Files Complaint Against German Over Protest Against PM

A royalty group key member has called on the authorities to take action against a German citizen who held a solo march against acting Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon and General Prayut Chan-o-cha.

On Saturday, King Protection Group’s founder and leader Songchai Nienhorm filed a complaint against a foreign national with the Nua Khlong Police Station for allegedly inciting civil disobedience and interfering in Thai affairs.

The 35-year-old German was identified as Moritz Pfoh. He embarked on a solo march carrying a large photo of Gen Prawit crossed out with a red cross at the Tampong intersection in Rayong’s Muang district.

Mr. Pfoh then told the media that he was acting on behalf of the 90% of Thais who did not support General Prawit or General Prayut but did not dare speak out against him in public.

The German national said it was not the first time he had shown opposition to the acting prime minister in public, as he had organized two similar events in Phae market and Rayong municipality.

Mr. Pfoh has lived in Thailand, near Mae Ramhueng Beach in Rayong, with his wife for eight years.

In the complaint documents, Mr. Songchai quoted the foreign national’s wife as saying that her husband was obsessed with Thai politics and that she had not asked him to stop because he had no hidden agenda.

However, Mr. Songchai argued that around 90% of the population, or more than 60 million people, were harmed by “his groundless claim that they did not favor General Prayut and General Prayut.”

Mr. Pfoh and his family decided to stay in a Bangkok condo after the police came to his home in Rayong to check his documents. Officers reportedly warned him that his visa might not be renewed if he continued his political campaign.

However, they did not threaten him and treated him well during the inspection, the German citizen added.

The chief interrogator on duty at the Krabi police station where the complaint was filed, Pol Lt Col Pairoj Chanachai, will forward the complaint to the police station’s chief to decide whether to take further legal action.