Uthenthawai rally ends

Students and alumni from the Uthenthawai campus of Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok on Friday evening ended their protest against the relocation of their Bangkok campus.

Protest leaders submitted their complaints to the land owner, Chulalongkorn University, and would give the latter 90 days to reply. There would be no more protests during those 90 days, they added.

The rally began Friday morning at the Uthenthawai campus on Phaya Thai Road, watched over by 500 police.

Around 100 students travelled in two buses to submit a letter opposing the reclaiming of the land by Chulalongkorn to Education Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana.

Chulalongkorn, which owns the 21-rai site that the Uthenthawai campus has occupied since 1935, wants to take back the land as part of a 4.6-billion-baht property development scheme. The Uthenthawai site has been earmarked for a creative community-based innovation centre.

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Uthenthawai was asked to move from Pathum Wan district in the heart of Bangkok, to Bang Phli district in Samut Prakan province.

The rector of Chulalongkorn University earlier expressed hope that the dispute could be settled to both sides' satisfaction.

Pirom Kamolratanakul said the two universities and the Education Ministry should come together for talks.

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