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Opinion

Thailand must free student hunger strikers now

Protest leaders facing lese-majeste charges singled out by judiciary

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Arrested anti-government protester Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak flashes a three-finger salute upon arrival at the criminal court to face lese-majeste charges in Bangkok on Mar. 15.   © Reuters

Tyrell Haberkorn is professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thongchai Winichakul is emeritus professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Two students, Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak and Panusaya "Rung" Sithijirawattanakul, have gone on hunger strike while being detained ahead of their trials in late May for alleged lese-majeste. The pair are refusing nourishment to protest the denial of their right to bail.

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