Sirawith Seritiwat, an anti-coup activist, seen here being detained by police while demonstrating in Bangkok [File: Reuters]

Rights groups have urged Thai authorities to investigate attacks on pro-democracy activists after one was beaten and left unconscious on a pavement in the latest violent incident.

Amnesty International submitted open letters to Thailand’s defence minister and its police commissioner on Wednesday asking them to bring to justice attackers who have targeted three vocal pro-democracy activists on multiple occasions since the military seized power in a coup in 2014.

The ruling junta actively cracked down on dissent and political discussions while it enacted new election laws that favoured its leader, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, in elections in March.

Amnesty said the attacks against the activists “appear

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