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Police move to arrest six Thammasat University students

PATHUM THANI provincial police have collected evidence to present to Thanyaburi Provincial Court to consider issuing arrest warrants against six students leaders of the August 10 rally at Thammasat University Rangsit campus on four charges, Naewna newspaper and INN News said this evening (August 18, 2020).

The six student leaders are Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung; Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike; Mr. Anon Nampha; Mr. Nuttachon Phairoj; Mr. Thanawat Chanphluk or Lukmark; and Mr. Sithinont Songsiri or Fai Chorn.

Meanwhile Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, one of Thammasat University student leaders, posted a message on his personal Facebook page as follows:

“My six friends who organized the #ThammasatWillNotTolerate event were issued arrest warrants for incitement (Section 116). Why is this so serious when we only held a discussion at the university and our activity did not cause any trouble or confusion.”

Meanwhile the Basic Education Commission has moved to allow schools to open space for students to express their opinions with this coming after the launch of the white bow campaign yesterday.

Mrs. Wattanaporn Rangabthuk, the deputy secretary-general of the Basic Education Commission, sent an urgent letter to the director of the Educational Service Area Offices Nationwide to order educational institutions under the Basic Education Commission to open an area for students to conduct activities in expressing their opinions.

However it was stressed that outsiders may not join these activities.

Students at schools across the country joined an anti-dictatorship campaign yesterday by sporting a white bow as a symbolic display of resistance against using state power to threaten and deprive people of freedom.

Students at many schools also gave the three-finger salute when lining up for the 8 a.m. morning assembly to sing the national anthem.

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Top: The rally at Thammasat University on August 10. Photo:  Naewna

 

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