The Dao Din are Thailand’s best known student activist group, with one activist (Pai) in prison for lèse-majesté and others facing charges of illegal assembly. Started fourteen years ago at the beginning of the Faculty of Law of Khon Kaen University, the nascent Dao Din consisted of first year students who went into the field on a project-by-project basis to survey the injustices faced by villagers in the Northeast. The Dao Din mainly consist of Faculty of Law students, around 90%, with another 10% coming from Humanities and Social Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Education, and Nursing.
Soldiers have visited the school of a student activist, asking him to stop criticising Prayut with threats of further intimidation. On 21 July 2017, Sanhanutta Sartthaporn, the Secretary General of the education reform group Education for Liberation of Siam (ELS), posted on his Facebook account that he was visited by two plainclothes soldiers on Wednesday morning. The soldiers appr
Porntip ‘Kolf’ Mankhong, a former political prisoner, looks back at her more-than-a-decade of activism, arguing that the rise of ‘heroism’ among student activists is threatening solidarity and participation in Thailand’s democracy movement. Prontip gave this speech at the 2017 Asia Youth Leadership Forum For Democracy in Seoul. I’m lucky to have been an activist since the age of 16; it means I got to know myself early. I had time to try many things, to make mistakes and learn from them too.
Two pro-democracy groups have called for charges against seven student activists to be withdrawn.
Along with the removal of the 1932 Revolution memorial plaque, recordings from 11 CCTVs surrounding the site seem likewise to have gone missing. The police have also now prohibited photos and activities around the new ‘fresh-faced’ plaque.
The Military Junta should be careful how it reacts to the passing of King Bhumibol. Emotions are high right now in Thailand which the military will no doubt aim to exploit to consolidate its political power over the country.
Chulalongkorn University’s commemoration of the 6 October Massacre explored new methods to connect younger generations with the political tragedy, recognising that concepts of human rights and democracy have yet to be firmly established in Thai society. Guest speakers of the commemorative event at Chu
A group of students has staged a small protest demanding that the junta send student activist Joshua Wong safely back to Hong Kong. The prominent activist is expected to arrive in Hong Kong this afternoon. On 5 October 2016, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, together with other students from Chulalongkorn University, held a protest demanding that the junta release 19-year-old student activist Joshua Wong, a key leader of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and Secretary-General of the Demosistō Party.
Solemn protest against Thai government for its detention of Joshua Wong By Network of Young Democratic Asians (NOYDA)
For the past number of months, youth and student activists around the country have been challenging the upcoming constitutional referendum, and, certainly with the help of the junta, have made it clear this referendum is a democratic farce. On 7 August 2016, Thai citizens, many of whom are unaware there is a referendum, and or are unable to make an informed vote, will take to voting stations to decide on a constitutional referendum, put forward by the junta. In Thailand, the country with 99.99 per cent democracy, according