- By Tammy, Thai Intel’s humanity journalist
Just very briefly, because details is still scarce-however, Vorajet, a leader of the Nitirat Group, that is trying to amend the Thai lese majeste law, was attacked today physically, with punches to the face.
Nearly, immediately, on a popular Facebook group, set up to oppose changes to the lese majeste law, saw Thais went to post very pro-violence opinions, such as Vorajet face should be splashed with acid.
The attack on Vorajet follows no-change group burning of an effigy of Vorajet at Thammasat University last month.
Vorajet lectures at Thammasat University, where the university re-versed a ban on Vorajet’s amend lese majeste group’s activity-however, the university remain concern that the university will be the site of violence confrontation bertween pro and anti change groups.
Thailand‘s lese majeste law is meant to protect the reputation of the Thai monarchy, however it had been used as a political tool, while many others, argue that the lese majeste laws have strife debate on the Thai monarchy-resulting in a Thailand that is ill prepared for changes-where the Thai King is 82 years old and is in ill-health.
Many, such as Thailand specialist David Struckfuss, says the Thai King, himself is against lese majeste strict usage, however, it appears the Thai political base and population is not ready for change.
- The following is from Bangkok Post:
Nitirat leader attacked at Thammasat
Published: 29/02/2012 at 06:30 PM
Online news: Politics
Law lecturer Vorajate Pakeerat, leader of the Nitirat (enlightened jurists) group, was punched in the face by an unidentified man at Thammasat University‘s Tha Phrachan campus on Wednesday afternoon, reports said.
Thanapol Aiewsakul, editor of Fah Diewkan magazine, was quoted as saying said two men arrived on the campus on a motorcycle.
They waited for Mr Vorajate in a car park in front of the law faculty building. When he showed up, one of them punched him in the face several times. Both men then fled.
Mr Vorajate suffered cuts and bruises, was left bleeding, and his spectacles were broken. He was quickly taken to Thonburi Hospital for a medical examination.
Pol Lt Col Ekkarat Pao-in, deputy police chief at Chanasongkram police station, was leading a team inspecting the scene and viewing video footage from security cameras, Mr Thanapol said.
The Nitirat group, comprising seven Thammasat law professors, has proposed an amendment to Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or the lese majeste law, and a rewrite of Chapter 2 of the constitution, which covers the monarchy.
The proposal has stirred up bitter debate between academics, politicians and civil groups.
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