Updated: Nitirat continues

28 02 2012

At ChannelNewsAsia.com it is reported that the Nitirat caravan is underway. The report is remarkably biased in its first few paragraphs, but gets better.

It is reported that a “group of academics and activists — gathered in Ban Pong district in Ratchaburi province, 80 kilometres from Bangkok — is said to be bent on destroying the kingdom’s most revered institution: The monarchy. This is because the group members, many of whom identified as “red shirts”, are calling for the reform of Thailand’s lese majeste law.”

It continues in a report remarkable for its contradictions: “Although the campaign to amend the lese majeste law in Bangkok has come to a standstill,” which is utter nonsense, “there is a lot of interest among people in provincial Thailand, who think the law has been misused and curtails peoples’ freedom of expression.” Well, at least they got that right!

It claims that Chulalongkorn University academics are now leading the campaign “after their Thammasat University colleagues were attacked in the press.”

Chulalongkorn University political science lecturer Puangthong Pawakapan said: “They want to learn more about amendment proposal. So it is our duty to go out and explain things to them, especially now when the misinformation has been widely circulated by the hyper-royalist groups.”

According to the report, “Many at a Ban Pong forum are choosing to join the campaign to change the law, by signing the petition with their full names and identification.”

Some 5,000 signatures  have been collected so far.

Update: PPT is sure that readers will be interested in the latest post at The Isaan Record, which is also on Article 112 reform, and reports from an event in Khon Kaen. It reports that for a second time in recent weeks, the Campaign Committee to Amend Article 112 has raised Article 112 at the notoriously yellow on Khon Kaen University. The organizers were from the Thai Undergraduate Student Union. A student organizer is reported to have stated: “Next, we’re looking to go to Loei or Sakon Nakhon, or if there are people in villages who want to know about 112, we can even set up talks in small communities.” Well worth a read.


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