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Student activist, Sirawit, decides to enter military lottery

Apr 10. 2017
Sirawit//Photo by Rachanon Intharaksa
Sirawit//Photo by Rachanon Intharaksa
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By The Nation

Student activist Sirawit Serithiwat, better known as “Ja New”, forfeited his right to a military conscription postponement on Monday and will enter the lottery in the afternoon to determine whether he will be conscripted.

Sirawit reported to his conscription station at Wat Nong Chok School at 7am.

He is on the list of university students who have asked for a conscription postponement. But he told military officials at the conscription station today that he wanted to forfeit the right to the postponement and enter the lottery.

Drawing a black card means he avoids two years of military service. A red card means he has to serve.

Sirawit attempted to speak to reporters but was told by military official that he could not do so in the conscription tent.

After a brief dispute, Sirawit left the tent to speak to reporters. He was told to stay near the tent as the lottery starts at 12pm.

Sirawit made headlines when he led a group of students activists to board a train to Hua Hin, threatening to launch an inspection into alleged corruption in the construction of the Kings Park project. But his group was stopped by the authorities at Ban Pong Railway Station.

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