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Student’s demand Thammasat officials review ban on next Saturday’s demonstration

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Students want to hold their rally at the Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus. The university’s officials have said no. So now the students are ‘protesting’ the decision of the university not to allow them to host the demonstration of the campus grounds. The demonstration’s planned date is only 1 week away.

The school rejected a proposal by the group to hold the rally, setting up an impasse and potential conflicts leading up to next Saturday’s rally

But the organisers of the proposed protest, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, are adamant that they hold the rally at the university. Student Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, the main organiser of the protest, has confirmed that members will hold the rally on September 19.

The group says that they’re ready to negotiate with university executives, and local police, to allow its members to hold the rally.

If the university remains intransigent, either from their internal decision or pressure from police, then the students risk having to hold the rally in streets around the university, putting the rally, and the students, in harms way. Certainly holding the rally outside of the Thammasat grounds would put the students in breach of current Emergency Decree provisions.

To make matters worse, the students predicted that they expected up to 50,000 people attending the rally. All the additional attention that the university’s decision is creating will likely swell the numbers of people attending, as the situation goes viral on social media.

Panasaya is now urging the university’s current rector, lecturers and alumni to come and join fight for democracy “as Thammasat students did in the past”. She’s also foreshadowed that she would, along with below organiser Parit Chiwarak, be arrested on the day.

As the protest spokesperson, she is making the position of the organisers clear.

“We will rally at Thammasat University Tha Prachan, and not change to another venue. If they lock the gates, we will break the chain.”

She has also confirmed that the prickly topic of the Thai Head of State and the role of the monarchy will be discussed at the rally, further alienating university officials who, as older Thais, traditionally treat the topic of the monarchy as taboo.

“We will also speak about the monarchy reform topic during the demonstration.”

The situation now pits the students, university executives, police and the government at loggerheads about how to proceed with the rally. There will also be ‘spoilers’, and other opposition groups describing themselves as ‘royalists’, wanting to become involved in the day’s activities, which could spark violence – something PM Prayut and government officials are trying to avoid.

Anusorn Unno, dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology and an adviser to the rally organisers, says he disagrees with the university’s decision to prohibit the group from rallying at Tha Prachan campus next week.

“The rally could escalate if the university closed its gates or police were deployed to prevent the protesters from rallying at the campus.”
But a former rector of the university says he is objecting to the plans for the demonstration, castigating the organisers for their lack of transparency and doubts their ability to hold a peaceful protest.

“Their statement that they will rally peacefully is beyond their capacity, especially when they plan to pour 40,000 protesters into Government House afterwards.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Michael Lewis

    Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Its an open secret in Thai media that the United States is behind the rise of this student unrest in Thailand. The US has been working hard over this past year to increase its influence in ASEAN nations by trying to turn the nations against China. They started with their subversive activities in Hong Kong followed by economic threats and sanctions against some ASEAN countries with ransome demands and favourable rewards for subservient nations. The US will be more than happy to bring unrest, vile propaganda and war to SE Asia and should be rejected outright like the plague. Beware of US supporters of subversion activities in Thailand.

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    Michael Lewis

    Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    The student unrest is supported by USA interests just as it was in Hong Kong. This Thaiger article has conveniently omitted the last few paragraphs of the referenced Bangkok Post article, is The Thaiger a front for US subversive propaganda in Thailand or is it just.a little lax in its reporting?

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