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Chula students ignore ban, stage rally at campus

CHULALONGKORN University flash mob turned up for a rally within the campus last evening (August 14) despite the administrators having in the morning stopped the planned activity, Naewna newspaper reported this morning (August 15, 2020).

The gathering, under the hashtags #Main pillar will break dictatorship and #Let it end with our generation, drew both university and preparatory students.

Speeches were given on freedom of expression, government officials intimidating the public, constitutional amendment, issues about the administration of this university and its management team as well local and social problems.

At the same time I-Law, or Internet for People Law, has set up a point where the public can join the push for constitutional amendment with a target to recruit 50,000 supporters.

The heavy rain last evening led to the rally venue being moved from the university’s stadium  to the Faculty of Arts.

Meanwhile arrested political activist Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, was brought to the Criminal Court via the rear entrance at 8.30 a.m. this morning for a pre-trail detention hearing amid tight security.

The Chief Justice of the Criminal Court had asked the Metropolitan Police to send in 400 officers from various stations to maintain tight security at the entrance gate numbers 8 and 9 in front of the Criminal Court and gate number 7 in front of the Civil Court.

Reporters were only allowed into the compound after showing a media card issued by the Public Relations Department or ID card issued by the Office of the Court of Justice with the general public having to show their ID card at a second screening point within the compound.


Top: Chulalongkorn University’s flash mob rallying last evening. Photos: Naewna



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