Thammasat University’s historical Tha Phrachan campus has once again been chosen as the venue for a large student-led protest, setting the stage for renewed political confrontation.
The United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration Group, as the student movement behind the ongoing anti-government protests calls itself, is going ahead with its rally on the campus on September 19 despite failing to secure permission from the university administration. Students are even threatening to break into the campus if they have to.
The group’s leaders, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, said protesters will camp overnight on the campus and may even take over Sanam Luang – a field across the street used for Royal ceremonies – i
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Monday) that he will not stop protesting students from marching to Government House on September 20th, as their leaders intend, but questioned the appropriateness of such an action.
He said, however, that it would be unfair to him if the protesting students were to accuse the Government of harassment if they break the law and authorities take legal action against them for doing so.
The Prime Minister reiterated that he has instructed authorities to ensure the safety of the protesters and to prevent ill-intentioned elements exploiting the protest for political gain.
He went on to say that he will not pressure the Thammasat University administration over their decision to ban or to allow the students to
A group of 32 law professors, at Thailand’s Thammasat University, signed a statement on Monday calling on the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) and the Royal Thai Police (RTP) to disclose to the public the full details of the legal proceedings in the Red Bull heir’s hit-and-run case, and the reasons why they decided not to prosecute.
In the statement, the professors said that the Red Bull heir, Mr. Vorayuth Yoovidhya, was initially charged with five offences by the police and, if the case had been handled in a straightforward manner and the suspect found guilty, why he might have been given a suspended jail term.