Universities told to stop students’ calls for monarchy reform

Thai authorities have summoned the heads of universities to tell them to stop students demanding reform of the monarchy, warning that such calls could lead to violence, a member of the military-appointed Senate said on 13 September, write Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat for Reuters.

Thailand has faced near daily protests since mid-July calling for the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, and for a new constitution and elections. Some groups have also listed 10 demands to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Royal Palace, breaking a long-standing taboo in the Southeast Asian country.

Senator Somchai Sawangkarn told Reuters that letters had been sent by state-appointed provincial governors to university heads, summoning them to meetings ahead of protests planned on 19 September in Bangkok and elsewhere. “University administrators should create understanding with the students on this and should put a stop to the demands on the monarchy,” he said.
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