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School pupils show solidarity with anti-government protests – VIDEO

Maya Taylor



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At high schools across Thailand, pupils have used the daily flag-raising ceremony to show their solidarity with anti-government activists. A report in Khaosod English says pupils in at least 10 schools wore white ribbons and held up three fingers, in what is widely recognised as an anti-military gesture. The students’ actions have been captured in photos and video, which have been shared on social media.

A number of pupils complained about being intimidated by their teachers, while some say they were assaulted for taking part in the activism. Chatchawan Apirakmunkong, from the now disbanded Future Forward Party, claims pupils at one school in the north-eastern province of Khon Kaen, had their white ribbons seized by police. The students had the ribbons tied to their school bags to show their support for pro-democracy activists.

“Police officers were present at the school and confiscated white bows from students. I disagree with the police’s action and demand officers stop infringing on the students’ rights under democracy.”

However, local police chief, Kajornrit Wongraj, says the accusation is untrue, adding that his officers were merely there to keep order and took nothing from the students.

“We were there after we learned about the posts online calling for a protest. We didn’t touch the students at all. Only a few students participated in the event.”

At another school, in the northern province of Nakhon Sawan, video footage shows one teacher shouting at pupils for disrespecting the school, telling them to delete a clip that shows them flashing the three-finger gesture. The same teacher is also accused of hitting one pupil across the head and is understood to have since apologised to the student’s family.

SOURCE: Khaosod English


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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Good but it is not enough. They need to do more to drag the government tyrants away from Thailand’s money trough.
    Strikes! Blocking roads. Occupying government buildings.
    It is the only way. This government will not allow a free and fair election.
    They will be repeating Virus! Its the virus, we can’t because of the virus, yet there are no deaths, very few cases . . .
    The government will have to be driven away from their places at the money trough with bamboo poles.

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    You describe yourself as a “seasoned writer,” which is a lame form of self-flattery.
    So, let me ask:
    A pupil is a student. What, then, is a “school pupil”?
    Are you aware of redundancy?
    Would you write that Simon Biles is a “sports athlete”?

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      rinky stingpiece

      Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      If they’re not British they may not be used to words like pupil. Americans think that “oftentimes” is a word FFS!

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    A pupil is a student.
    What is a “school pupil”? Is that like writing that Simone Biles is a “sports athlete”?
    You describe yourself as a “seasoned writer.” What exactly does that mean?

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    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Poor students dragged into a mire. Study is the main focus at student age. Knowledge is what you can bragg about in future, not being a minion of three fingers masquerade.

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Pardon the double-post by me above. After I noticed that my first version had not been posted, I figured there was a glitch or something, so I made a second attempt.
    I’m American and, to my knowledge, “pupil” is a rarely used, rather archaic word. It was already almost extinct when I was growing up in the late 60s and early 70s.
    In fact, I have usually only heard some East Asians use the word. As for British English, I will not go down that rabbit hole, as in pronouncing words which have an R at the end with no R (“career” being said as “kah-ree-a”), and then words which end with an A being given a final R sound (as in “Korea” being pronounced as “career”).
    Anyway, to keep things simple, the words “pupil” and “student” are synonyms. Why the writer used the daft phrase “student pupils” in her headline is baffling, given the fact that she describes herself as a “seasoned writer” with “over ten years’ experience in producing blog” and blah blah blah.

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    Tropical Girl

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    A “seasoned writer” posted something that was already reported in “Khaosod English” yesterday afternoon. A high school “school pupil” could do this job.

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    Juanita McEwen

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Quite the grammar/language snobs posting here.

    The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary, as well as Merriam Webster considers the word “oftentimes” to be the extended form for the word “oft-times”.

    As for the word “pupil” being archaic and almost extinct, I haven’t the faintest idea where that came from. It is, indeed, still in use.

    One more thing, there are many of us who enjoy using words in their original meaning, which tends to throw off certain people. I once used the British slang “whinging” in place of “whining” and angered someone, who proceeded to tell me there was no such word.

    As for this article, I only came for the information it contained, and it fulfilled that purpose. So, thank you, Maya Taylor.

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