Thammasat administrators bury Pridi’s legacy

31 01 2012

According to The Nation, Thammasat University administrators are reported to have banned Nitirat from using university facilities to campaign against coups and the lese majeste law.

Insulting Pridi

PPT agress with human rights activist Pokpong Lawansiri who is quoted as saying it was a “sad and embarrassing” event for the university. He added:

The university – every square inch of it – has been the battleground for freedom for a long time, he said.

Why don’t you just destroy the statue of university founder Pridi Banomyong, former rector Puay Ungpakorn and the heroes of the October 14/October 6 incidents altogether?” he said.

Recall that this is the same university that allowed the People’s Alliance for Democracy to begin its renewed “anti-Thaksin” campaign there on 28 March 2008. When mildly criticized by the government, then Thammasat rector Surapol Nitikraipoj

maintained that since Thammasat University is a public ground, the university must allow all kinds of events to be staged that comply with university regulations without prejudice (Bangkok Post, 5 April 2008).

Double standards and prejudice seem to be at work amongst Thammasat administrators.



2 responses

31 01 2012
Thammasat University abandons freedom of speech : Feministai Blog

[…] Thammasat University has chosen to ban the Nitirat group from speaking out on university grounds, claiming that “allowing such activities to take place on the university’s grounds could lead the public to mistakenly believe that Thammasat organises or agrees with the movement”, as reported in the Bangkok Post. Yet it allowed the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to use its premises to campaign against former PM Thaksin and allies in 2008 (Political Prisoners in Thailand (PPT)). […]

4 02 2012
Updated: Remembering 6 October « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] a ban on Nitirat from activities on campus. Double standards and prejudice were mentioned in an earlier post. Oddly, within a day or so of this announcement, “a group of current and former students from the […]

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