Lawyer challenging vendors' eviction from temple

Soldiers were deployed to this illegal market behind the old temple of Phra Mongkhon Bophit, on the edge of Ayutthaya Historical Park, as water and electricity were shut off and the entrance closed on Wednesday. (Photo by Sunthorn Pongpao)

AYUTTHAYA - An activist well-versed in constitutional law is challenging the order evicting vendors from a market behind the ancient temple of Phra Mongkhon Bophit, accusing the provincial governor of discriminating against them.

Srisuwan Janya, a lawyer active in areas of constitutional law, said on Wednesday that he will accompany 84 vendors affected by the eviction order to file a complaint with the Administrative Court on Thursday, and seek an injunction against its enforcement. 

The eviction order applies to 163 vending stalls accused of trespassing, but more than 100 Thai-style stalls in the same compound were spared, Mr Srisuan said. If the purpose of the eviction was to improve the landscape, then all the stalls should be removed.

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