The network of Thai poor people pressed the junta to rethink about its forest protection policies and come up with strategies to reduce prevalent socio-economic inequity in Thai society at the first official meeting between the group and the junta.
Yukti Mukdawijitra is one of the dissidents who fled the country right after the coup. The Thammasat anthropologist said his role as an anti-coup, pro-democracy activist and campaigner against Article 112 or the lèse majesté law made him feel it was unsafe to stay in the country. Yukti, who is now a fellow at U of Wisconsin at Madison discusses the junta’s campaign to crack down on lèse majesté and the outlook for the country after the coup.
The military demolished a roadside souvenir stall and confiscated fruit, wine and other processed fruit products in a northern touristic province allegedly because they believed the ‘square face’ logo on the products symbolized the controversial ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The cabinet has given the green light to a new Dormitory Bill, which sets out to segregate the sexes in student accommodation. The junta agreed at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday to replace the 1964 Dormitory Act with a 2014 version which will, besides standardizing rental fees, segregate student residences to further prevent interaction between males and females. Article 6 the 1964 Dormitory Act only mentions that male and female dormitories are for male and female students respectively with no other mention of segregation. &