On the 90th anniversary of the transformation from absolute to constitutional monarchy on 24 June 1932, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights shared a letter written by Bung and Bai Por. They are both being detained in the Central Women’s Correctional Institution in Bangkok without bail after being accused of lese majeste/violation of Article 112 after peacefully conducting a public poll. They have been denied bail five times during their 53 days in detention [as of 24 June 2022]. They are both on hunger strike in protest of the denial of bail.
Letter From Bung and Bai Por:
Today 24 June 2022, is the 90th anniversary of the transformation of rule [from absolute to constitutional monarchy], but it is seems as if our country has not changed at all.
Today, there are still 22 political prisoners being detained. And today is the 23rd day that Bai Por and Older Sister Bung are on hunger strike. Prior to this, Older Sister Bung could not consume anything other than water and her condition gravely deteriorated. Yesterday [23 June], we submitting our fifth petition for bail, but it was denied just as each prior petition has been denied. The court gave the reason that the prison has the capacity to look after us well. Yet in addition to the condition of our physical bodies, our mental state under detention has not improved at all.
Prior to this, Bai Por still drank some fruit juice and milk. But after learning of the denial of our request for bail, Bai Por decided to only consume water and to refuse further treatment. Now, Older Sister Bung can only consume water and must take medicine to treat her condition. Otherwise, she will vomit and faint on a daily basis. Today is the 53rd day that we are imprisoned. We yearn for freedom in the world outside. We yearn for the people we love. And we still fight in every second of every day.
Thank you for all of the encouragement and actions you have taken for us. Bung and Bai Por hope that we will be released and will see one another and continue the struggle together.
Bung and Bai Por, Thaluwang
Central Women’s Correctional Institution, Bangkok
24 June 2022