Further updated: The royalist bastion at Chulalongkorn University

19 08 2010

Prachatai has an interesting account of Chulalongkorn University maintaining its well-deserved reputation as the bastion of royalist ideology. And, even more striking, the story has to do with elements from the administration and the Faculty of Political Science preventing political activism. The story is of a group of Chulalongkorn students attempting to protest against a visit by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to the university. Their protest was opposed by a political science lecturer and university security guards.

About 7-8 students tried to protest outside the venue that Abhisit visited and to present him with a letter. They held placards with messages that used Abhisit’s own words to protest. University security guards reportedly seized some of their placards and lecturer Weerasak Krueathep snatched others away and scuffled with the students.

The university and the lecturer should be ashamed of this attempt to prevent free speech by university students. More importantly, if Abhisit was really in favor of free speech and was a political liberal, then he’d speak out against such repressive actions.

Update 1: Readers will find the commentary by Suranand Vejjajiva of some use in contextualizing this case. He comments on recent actions against students who are seen as siding with the opposition. The weight of repression is indeed becoming great.

Update 2: Prachatai has a follow-up story, showing the double standards of yellow shirts on academic and political freedom.


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19 08 2010
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24 08 2010
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[…] of the Faculty with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as a guest. PPT’s earlier post is here. Of course, Abhisit attended an overseas university, not the royalist […]

27 08 2010
Reconciliation failing in a climate of fear « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Rojanaphruk tells readers not of reconciliation, but of fear. He refers to the fear of one of the students who was attacked by a royalist lecturer at the royalist Chulalongkorn University. She’s fearful that her participation in a tiny […]

9 09 2018
Limiting academic freedom II | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] To take one example, Chulalongkorn has several times prevented students from protesting (here and here). Several academics, including from Thammasat and Chulalongkorn have had to flee Thailand for fear […]

9 09 2018
Limiting academic freedom II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] To take one example, Chulalongkorn has several times prevented students from protesting (here and here). Several academics, including from Thammasat and Chulalongkorn have had to flee Thailand for fear […]