Bangkok student president dismissed for controversial video chat

The president of Chulalongkorn Univesity’s pupil council was dismissed from his place after he offered a controversial video at a pupil orientation in 2021. The video featured talks by two outstanding protest leaders, nicknamed Penguin and Rung, who are known critics of Thailand’s monarchy. In his speak, Penguin raised his middle finger, and inspired students to do the same. Thai PBS reported that the Student Affairs Office called this a “vulgar” gesture, and mentioned it went in opposition to Thai tradition and therefore may “cause disunity” amongst students.
Zany who appeared within the video chat was Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a tutorial and critic of the monarchy who fled to Japan in 2014.
Chulalongkorn deducted 10 points from the coed council president’s behaviour score, and dismissed him from his position. The former president, Netiwit, stated yesterday that he spoke to the university’s vice director to acknowledge the choice. The Student Affairs Office condemned him for being complicit in the event with out telling the office about it first, and for inviting Penguin as a speaker. Penguin was lately granted three months bail from a jail sentence. Thai PBS mentioned Netiwit compared the decision to dismiss him to a coup..

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