Thai activist’s ‘abduction’ in Cambodia triggers protests

Twitter users and celebrities in Thailand demand answers; govt says activist not security threat nor political refugee.

The suspected kidnapping of a Thai activist in exile in Cambodia earlier this month has triggered a series of protests and debate in Thailand.

As soon as it became known that Mr Wanchalearm Satsaksit, 37, was seized on the street in front of his apartment in Phnom Penh and bundled into a vehicle on June 4, Twitter users in Thailand have demanded answers with the hashtag #SaveWanchalearm, which was retweeted a million times within 24 hours.

In the latest in a series of small protests since June 5, up to 30 people gathered in front of the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok on Monday, chanting “Save Wanchale-arm” and accusing the Thai authorities of being involved in his disappearance. They demanded his body be sent back to Thailand for a funeral if he is dead.

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