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By Kornkritch Somjittranukit |
<div> <div>The “most political” Thai studies conference was held last week, with calls for academic freedom in Thai society. The junta, however, responded by summoning three scholars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Every three years, the International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS) is held as a platform for scholars and researchers. This year, the 13th ICTS was hosted in Chiang Mai and 385 papers were presented between 15 and 18 July.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But the 13th ICTS was also a symbolic protest against the ruling junta. </div></div>
<p>The Ministry of Defence has claimed that soldiers merely asked for cooperation from a high-school student activist who was visited by plainclothes soldiers. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<div> <div>Soldiers have visited the school of a student activist, asking him to stop criticising Prayut with threats of further intimidation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 21 July 2017, Sanhanutta Sartthaporn, the Secretary General of the education reform group Education for Liberation of Siam (ELS), <a href=";set=a.104002506757643.1073741828.100014436812203&amp;type=3&amp;theater">posted on his Facebook account</a> that he was visited by two plainclothes soldiers on Wednesday morning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The soldiers appr </div></div>
<div>Last week, student activists organised events to make fun of the paternalism that underpins Thailand’s National Children’s Day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 4 February 2016, the student activist group Education for Liberation of Siam (ELS) held an event called “National Seniors Day: Seniors in the Era of a Changing World” at Banglamphu Museum, Bangkok.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The event aimed to mock National Children’s Day, a day where adults seem to impose certain values on children. </div>