11 July 2024

Thammasat University has been called upon to take action against a declaration by its Rangsit campus student council, which is full of expletives and hate speech.

The Thammasat University Student Council (TUSC)’s Rangsit campus recently published criticism concerning Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat’s failure to secure enough parliamentary votes to support his premiership candidacy.

The TUSC blamed the failure on the senators, who it described as “rubbish”, who refused to vote in favour of Pita or abstained.

The last two paragraphs were so riddled with expletives and hate speech that all media outlets covering the story have had to censor the contents.

Arnond Sakworawich, of the Graduate School of Applied Statistics at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) said he was saddened by the choice of words used in the declaration.

He said it is difficult for him to believe that they, who are considered intellectuals, would use such expletive and vicious words.

Meanwhile, a self-named “Thammasat Pithaktham” condemned the statement and called on the university’s administration to investigate the incident.

Those who were involved in the issuance of the declaration should be punished, as it showed disrespect for democracy and for those who have other opinions.

Not only the university’s administration, but also the Tha Prachan campus students’ council, Thammasat University Council and Thammasat Association, should investigate the incident.

It also should not have used the official seal of the university on their declaration.

The group condemned those who wrote the declaration who, while claiming to be promoters of democracy, are destroying democracy and insulting those who have different ideas.