Thai activists barred from visiting park, detained by military


– A group of anti-junta activists were stopped and detained Monday en route to visit a corruption scandal-plagued park.

The train carriage carrying the activists was disconnected from the southbound train before security officials detained at least four activists at a train station, according to local media reports.

The activists were planning to visit the new park that features seven large statues of venerated Thai kings, and voice their concern over the alleged corruption in the project that cost nearly 28 million dollars.

The Rajabhakti Park, built by the army, is at the centre of a corruption investigation over cost irregularities. An internal investigation by the military into the park said there was no evidence of corruption.

Last week, two protest leaders were stopped en route to the park and detained by the ruling military junta.

The junta, in power since May 2014, warned activists against using the park as a stage for political protest.

The park was abruptly closed by the military Monday, the last day of a long Father’s Day weekend in Thailand.