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Why some pro-democracy Thammasat graduates refused to attend commencement ceremony


Some pro-democracy students from Thammasat University refused to participate in the graduation ceremony in which the King handed out the certificates on Saturday.

They instead held their own ceremony. Why some pro-democracy Thammasat graduates refused to attend commencement ceremony They placed cutouts of distinguished people, such as two academics -- Somsak Jeamteerasakul and Pavin Chachavalpongpun -- who have contributed information to the pro-democracy movement in Thailand.

They made 112 replicas of degrees, the number signifying Thailand's lese-majeste law (Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code). Why some pro-democracy Thammasat graduates refused to attend commencement ceremony The group had planned a bigger event at Thammasat University's Tha Phra Chan campus in Bangkok but decided to drop it on Sunday afternoon.

Published : November 01, 2020

By : The Nation