By Thai Newsroom Reporters
TWENTY-THREE UNIVERSITY student organisations today (Nov. 11) issued a joint statement to repudiate the Constitutional Court’s ruling delivered yesterday that calls for monarchical reform were designed to “undermine democratic rule with the Monarch as head of state.”
On behalf of the 23 university student organisations, the Student Council of Chulalongkorn University released the statement to reject the Constitutional Court’s ruling against the massive moves for monarchical reform steered by a trio of activists, namely Anon Nampa, Panupong Jadnok, or Mike, and Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, or Rung, saying such moves must no longer be carried out. Anon and Panupong are currently detained in jail and have been denied bail under lese majeste lawsuits.
The university student organisations contended that the repeated calls for monarchical reform were primarily designed to uphold and preserve constitutional monarchy on magnificent, perennial fashion and to keep the highest institute from possible allegations of perpetuating any wrongdoings under the universal principle of ”the King can do no wrong” or getting involved in any political affairs.
According to the student organisations’ statement, the ouster of an elected government by the military junta who staged the 2014 coup should have been considered an act of undermining democratic rule with the Monarch as head of state. That apparently referred to the National Council for Peace and Order headed by then-army chief, now-premier Prayut Chan-o-cha.
The protesting university student organisations include those of Thammasat University, Kasetsart University, Chiang Mai University, Khon Kaen University, Prince of Songkhla University and Ubon Ratchathani University, among others.
Top and Home Page: Scenes of the huge protest at Ratchaprasong Intersection on October 31 calling for the release on bail of detained political activists and the abolition of the draconian lese majeste law, better known as Criminal Code Section 112. Photos: Matichon