Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a prominent critic of the Thai government, has been missing and presumed dead since June 4. Eyewitnesses claim he was abducted in Phnom Penh, where he had lived since fleeing his homeland in 2014.
On June 5, Coconuts reported that Wanchalearm, 37, was forced into a car while he was talking on the phone in the Cambodian capital. That was just hours after he made a Facebook post criticising Thailand’s prime minister, Prayut Chan-ocha.
Soon, the #SaveWanchalearm hashtag started trending on Twitter in Thailand, and a protest took place that evening in Bangkok. The next day, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that the Cambodian police claimed his disappearance was “fake news”. RFA also covered the response from Amnesty International and other agencies.