Activists of the People Go Network arrived in their destination in Khon Kaen today (Feb 16) ending their 28-day marathon march which began on Jan 20 at Rangsit campus of Thammasat University in Pathum Thani province.
The long marchers were joined by Khon Kaen residents on their last day of 450-kilometre walkathon, numbering altogether over 200. The marchers split up in four groups as they marched from four different directions toward the final destination at the Democracy Monument in the Khon Kaen township.
They arrived at the Democracy Monument shortly before noon and planted their flags to declare the success of the network’s We Walk for Friendship activity.
Ms Sangsiri Trimakka, a coordinator of a group working on health security issue which is affiliated with the People Go Network, said that the long march was intended to convey a message to the people so that they feel the urge to participate in solving four national problems.
The four issues include environment and natural resources, agriculture, health security, and freedom and liberties.
She clarified that the People Go Network group chose the northeastern route to send its message to the people because the Northeast is the largest region with most of the people making their living being farmers and have been affected by the four aforementioned problems.
The People GO Network will hold the final forum at Khon Kaen University tomorrow (Feb 17) to wrap-up their 28-day activity.
Meanwhile, Surachai Trongngam, the lawyer representing the network, has sent the Supreme Administrative Court’s order granting an injunction for the network’s Walk for Friendship activity to police and relevant authorities.
The court on Thursday (Feb 15) upheld the Central Administrative Court’s decision to grant an injunction for the network’s long march campaign, ordering the police to refrain from doing anything that will obstruct the group’s rights to peaceful assembly.
Police must also provide safety for the long march participants until the end of the activity set for Feb 17.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)