Universities instructed to ‘cooperate’ with junta’s orders, academics summoned by army.

Staff and lecturers in various universities in Chiang Mai, Mahasarakham, Ubon Ratchathani, and Phitsanulok provinces have been summoned by the Army following the military coup on May 22, and instructed to monitor and forbid any political activities creating “division” and “disrespect of law.” 
After sporadic protests in Chiang Mai since the enactment of martial law on May 20, the northern region Army commander summoned representatives from primary schools, high schools and universities in Chiang Mai to clarify issues about the control of peace and order. He said the Chiang Mai area has been on a “watch list” because some people may not understand the reasons for the military’s takeover. 
In the northeastern Mahasarakham University and Ubon Ratchathani University and in Naresuan University in northern Phitsanulok province, dozens of lecturers who have been vocal against the establishment have been summoned to the regional Internal Security Operations Commands to “tune in to understanding of the military’s rule.” 
Previously the rectors of Naresuan and Mahasarakham Universities issued announcements asking for cooperation from their staff, lecturers and students not to “write placards, leaflets, and text on social media that would harm the national security” as ordered by the junta.


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