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Thailand braces for another season of political discontent

Feb 29. 2020
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By THE NATION

Thailand’s political atmosphere smouldered inside and outside Parliament, with the heated censure debate and the rallies of students nationwide to show their discontent over the political situation in the country.
On Saturday (February 29), a students’ flash mob will be held at Kasetsart University, which will also bring together other people, after similar gatherings were previously organised in several universities and schools, after the Future Forward Party was dissolved on February 21.

However, these kinds of gatherings are happening not only in Thailand. BBC Thai reported on Friday (February 28) that around 80 Thai people and students in the UK gathered at the School of Oriental and African Studies to express their concerns about the situation in their motherland.

In this gathering, the Thai people gave a speech on the political situation in both Thai and English, and also expressed their feelings and opinions about the situation.

The people also sang together the famous song from the musical “Les Miserables”, “Do You Hear the People Sing”, and slammed the dictator.

In the famous musical, Enjolras and the other students at the ABC Café sang the song, as they prepared themselves to launch a rebellion during the funeral procession of General Jean Maximilien Lamarque.

The same Friday, the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University (CU), organised an academic talk on “Dissolution of Future Forward Party” at the university’s Theptawarawadee Building.

The talk included Assoc Prof Narongdech Sarukosit, Assoc Professor Jade Donavanik, and Asst Professor Prinya Thaewanarumitkul and Yingcheep Atchanont of iLaw.

The talk was aimed to be a stage for academics to share and analyse the legal propriety of the party’s dissolution.

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