Amphon Tangnoppakul (Aa-Kong) was a 61 year old man who had been a manual labourer all his life. He was sentenced last year to 20 years for allegedly sending SMS messages insulting the king. Amphon already had oral cancer and while in prison was denied adequate health care until the last few days. Amphon died on the 8th of May. His death is the result of the continuing use of the Lèse Majesté law by successive Thai governments to suppress dissidents. The campaign to release the labour activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk continues.