Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul is Spokesperson of Student Union Of Thailandtalks
Thailand – Criticism is mounting in Thailand against the government, which has forcibly disappeared dozens of activists in the country .
” Today we will speak openly about the monarchy,” She speak to pro-democracy students during a protest at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug, 10, 2020. Protesters warned that they’ll step up pressure on the government if it failed to meet their demands, which include dissolving the parliament, holding new elections and changing the constitution.
“In the past, there have been statements fooling us by saying that people born into the royal family are incarnations of gods or angels,” the young woman went on, taking what appeared to be a dig at the king, who is reported to have a freewheeling lifestyle. “With all due respect, please ask yourselves: are you sure that angels or gods have this kind of personality?”
In response, staunch royalists, including the current army chief, and senior officials have been warning students against “dragging the monarchy into politics” by insisting that the institution is above politics.
Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, or Roong, as she is known among her friends, received a summons from the Royal Thai Police for her involvement in the demonstration calling attention to the disappearance of Wanchalerm Satsaksid on June 5th.
The warrant stipulated that Roong and her friends from the Student Union of Thailand violated the regulations of State of Emergency (SOE) Order declared by the Government last March to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.
The police issued the warrant as Panusaya and her fellow activists were organizing a demonstration on June 24th to commemorate the 88th anniversary of the Siamese Revolution of 1932.