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Don’t break the law, Thai education minister warns student protesters

Caitlin Ashworth



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The education minister is warning students to abide by the law when protesting. If they break the law, they can be arrested on campus, he says.

The grim advice comes from someone who has been there, done that. Back in 2014, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan was arrested as a protest leader for the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.

Teepsuwan slipped in the warning during a forum on Thailand’s new education model he’s promoting which is planned to make big changes to the national curriculum. His comments on potential arrests were in response to the recent pro-democracy protests during high school flag ceremonies.

He says students should also refrain from disrespectful gestures. A report from the Thai Enquirer did not say if certain gestures could lead to arrest. The 3 finger salute, which is used in the movie “Hunger Games,” has been recognised as an anti-military symbol. Photos from daily high school flag ceremonies show crowds of students using the salute. Some student protesters also wore white bows to school, but say the ribbons were confiscated by police.

SOURCES: Thai Enquirer |Bangkok Post



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    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    lf you are breaking the law you can be arrested anywhere. Arrest enough students and there is no longer any need for a Ministry of Education. No Ministry of Education means there is no need for a minister!

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    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Seems the students need some sort of channel to drink out their emotions, open pub is the best policy.

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    Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    As long as a convicted heroine trafficker and dealer can be a Minister it sounds like nonsense when they talk to students about breaking the law. They express their opionions thats much better than drug trafficking.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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