6 June 2024

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern over the proliferation of flash mobs at universities and high schools to protest against the dissolution of the Future Forward party, and the possibility that they may lead to confrontation and unrest.

 

The emergence of political rallies, in the aftermath of the Future Forward party’s dissolution by the Constitutional Court, starting at universities and now spreading to some high schools, has led to the Prime Minister telling the media today that he understands the good intent of the students adding, however, that he is concerned that they might be misled by one-sided information and might be used as a tool as part of political agenda.

 

He pleaded with the protesting students to be open to information from the Government as well, saying that he didn’t want a repeat of the coloured political divide and eventual political unrest.

He said that several core leaders of rival political groups, whatever their political colours, are now serving terms in jail or are facing trial.

 

The Prime Minister admitted that he held no grudge against the protesting students, but he warned that the instigators of the student protests might face legal action.

Meanwhile, this morning, a police team was dispatched to Triam Udomsueksa (University Preparatory) school beside Chulalongkorn University, where about 100 students held a flash mob to protest against military dictatorship. Similar events were reported at Satri Wittaya, Suan Kularb and Bodindecha schools.

 

Triam Udomsueksa school director Mr. Sophon Kamol sent a letter to the district educational office explaining that the school had nothing to do with the mob, nor did it support the event.

He explained, however, that about 4,000 students in Mathayom 4, 5 and 6 were gathered at the school for their traditional union and they had nothing to do with a flash mob.