ONE of two female political detainees on a severe hunger strike posted a message on Facebook saying that if eight others are not bailed out within three days from tomorrow (Feb. 9) they will leave the hospital to continue their protest fast at the right place, Matichon newspaper said.
The two of them, Tantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanond and Orawan “Bam” Pupong, who have refused to drink water or eat food provided in prison or at the Thammasat Hospital since Jan. 18 in order get political detainees released on bail, had accepted saline drip two days ago.
However at 5.05 p.m. this evening Tantawan said in her post that after a visit by their lawyer, Mr. Kritsadang Nutcharat, a member of the Human Rights Law Centre, they got disappointed that the court and judge, who they accused of not understanding the situation, had not granted bail to eight other political detainees.
For this reason they are setting a three-day deadline (Feb.9-11) for temporarily freeing the others and if not they will request to be discharged from the hospital to continue their fight by fasting without food and water at the right place.
Tantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanond and Orawan “Bam” Pupong. Top photo: Matichon, Front Page photo: Thai Rath