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3 Thai anti-establishment protesters on suicide watch

Three hard core Talugas protesters, being held on remand, have tried to commit suicide, but were rescued and are now safe, Corrections Department Director-General Aryut Sinthoppan said today (Monday).

He disclosed that one of the protesters, detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison, swallowed over 50 paracetamol pills, which he had gathered from friends in the prison, while the other two slashed their wrists with a sharpened tool of unknown origin.

Aryut said that, after they had recovered from their suicide attempts, the three protesters told prison officials that they were stressed, missed their families and wanted bail.

He also said that he has assigned the prison warden to take care of them and has sent a team of psychologists assess thethree.

He insisted that, while the prison has CCTV to monitor the activities of all prisoners at all time, he will order an investigation into how the trio managed to attempt suicide without detection by prison guards.

Currently, 11 members of the Talugas protest group are being detained at Bangkok Remand Prison, pending trials on multiple charges related to their violent protests, most of which took place at Din Daeng intersection.

The suicide attempts were first exposed by Arnon Nampa, a lawyer and a key leader of the anti-government Ratsadon group, who demanded an explanation from the Corrections Department.

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