Thai protest leader hospitalized after 46-day hunger strike

BANGKOK, April 30 – Thai protest leader, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, who has been in jail for pre-trial detention over allegations he insulted the king, has been hospitalized following a 46-day hunger strike, the country’s corrections department said on Friday.

Parit began his hunger strike on March 16 and his weight had dropped more than 26.5 lbs to 208 lbs, the statement said, adding he had been sent to hospital over concerns he could go into shock if his condition worsened.

Arrested anti-government protest leader Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak shows a three-finger salute as he arrives at the criminal court to face lese majeste charges in Bangkok, Thailand March 15, 2021.
Arrested anti-government protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak shows a three-finger salute as he arrives at the criminal court to face lese majeste charges in Bangkok, Thailand March 15, 2021.
Reuters

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