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By John Draper |
<p dir="ltr">Nattanan Warintawaret is a Thai high school student from one of Thailand’s finest public schools: Triam Udom Suksa. She is also an enemy of the state, with a school administrator accusing her of being ‘mentally ill’ for the past two years and even the Minister of Education, Admiral Narong Pipattanasai, accusing her of being ‘abnormal’. Her crime? Criticizing the fact that Thailand’s 12 Core Values have become a state ideology.</p>
<p>A high-school executive has scolded a grade 12 student activist who refused to take a Civic Duty class exam as being mentally ill while the Education Minister told the media not to pay much attention to her.</p> <p>According to the 23 July 2015 issue of Matichon newspaper, an administrator of Triam Udom Suksa School in central Bangkok told the media that&nbsp;<a href="">Nattanan Warintarawet</a>, aka Nice, an outspoken anti-coup student activist at the school, is mentally ill.</p>
<p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-42ce5bcc-de06-e49f-b022-001845e234cd">Thai Army TV banned a student activist from a talk programme after she raised questions about the legitimacy of the May 2014 coup d’état with a member of the junta’s appointed National Reform Council.</span></p>
<p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4f3e28af-7187-f576-b35f-6d582b085b45">No anti-coup student activist participated in the junta’s national reform forum organized to collect students’ opinions on reform; they say that they do not want to be part of the apparatus of the military government. &nbsp;</span></p>