For students, rector's armyties are too close for comfort
With Thammasat's long history of opposing military dictatorship, Somkit Lertpaithoon's appointment to the junta-picked NLA has prompted some to test the limits of post-coup activism
Somkit Lertpaithoon was about to enter his office inside Thammasat University's prestigious Dome building last Monday when he was stopped by a group of students.
SIGNS OF DISCONTENT: Far left, a protest banner was strung up at Thammasat's Tha Prachan campus. Left, notes were left in the TU Rangsit auditorium questioning the rector's dual roles.
They identified themselves as the League of Liberal Thammasat for Democracy, or LLTD, and presented Mr Somkit, the university's rector, with an envelope. Inside was a letter, demanding that Mr Somkit clarify his appointment to the military-picked National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and hold a public discussion so that he could explain directly with students.
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