No lèse majesté talk at Mahasarakham University
A group of students and alumni of Mahasarakham University has been refused permission to use a room in the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts to hold a public forum to discuss Article 112 of the Criminal Code.
Opas Sinthukhot, representative of the group, told Prachatai that after his group’s request to use a room at the College of Politics and Governance had been refused, they had turned to the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts and rescheduled the date to 8 Feb.
However, the Faculty has also refused permission. Assoc Prof Pheeraphong Sensai, Dean of the Faculty, issued a statement saying that, in consideration of the current news of social reaction to the ‘proposed repeal of Article 112 of the Criminal Code,’ the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts is of the opinion that ‘such a move’ would possibly create several repercussions, so it was announcing a prohibition against any use of its facilities, inside or outside its buildings, for holding activities, starting from 3 Feb, except for those permitted by the Faculty Dean.