Thai politics

Thammasat Bans Lèse-majesté-Related Gatherings on Campus

Today’s Bangkok Post reports:

Thammasat University has banned the use of the university’s compound as a venue for any activities related to the lese majeste law.

The move came amid growing public discontent against the Nitirat group, comprising seven Thammasat law lecturers, which has proposed an amendment to Section 112 of the Criminal Code, better known as the lese majeste law, and a rewrite of Chapter 2 of the constitution, which covers the monarchy.

Since its establishment in September 2010, Nitirat’s activities have mainly been held at Thammasat’s Tha Phrachan campus in Phra Nakhon district.

“The university’s executive committee has resolved unanimously to prohibit the use of the university’s premises for any movement related to Section 112,” Thammasat rector Somkit Lertpaithoon wrote in a message posted on his Facebook page yesterday.

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, he said.

“Moreover, it could trigger violent confrontations on the premises,” he said.

The Nation has more.

(All emphasis mine.)

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