The military dictatorship versus students

8 02 2015

Soldiers have blocked Thammasat University marchers from entering a football stadium for the annual Chulalongkorn-Thammasat football match “and seized their political satire banners on Saturday.”

The football match has long featured a parade mocking politicians and leaders. In recent matches students demanded the release of lese majeste prisoner Somyos Prueksakasemsuk.Banning

Hence The Dictator and the military dictatorship were worried about this in 2015. The students were warned by the junta even as it said it “did not intend to ban satirical displays.”

As usual, the military dictatorship decided on a heavy-handed intervention before the parade began. Police and royalist administrators from both universities “inspected the floats…”. These officials were a bit dense it seems, having to ask” the students to explain in detail the ideas behind each float.” These dolts decided that “[a]ny act that might undermine reconciliation and national reform efforts would be banned…”.

When the parade was beginning, officials – including soldiers – “closed the gate, leaving the Thammasat team outside.” The bullies “insisted they would not allow banners with political messages to be displayed inside the stadium and seized all of them.”

Banning 2The linked Bangkok Post story includes some pictures. More interesting pictures of the soldiers and banner bannings are available here and here.

Once the match began, students in the stadium unfurled banners that read: “Down with dictatorship, long live democracy” and “Coup=Corruption.” Students used cards to spell out: “We want democracy, when will you return it to us?”

Good questions, although we doubt the wisdom of asking the military dictatorship to “return” democracy when it is bent on undermining it.


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