Task force offers to aid students amid protest

Making a point: Students making the three-finger salute during the national anthem at Princess Chulabhorn College School in Phetchaburi province. — Reuters

A HOUSE committee public administration task force assigned to follow public assemblies has offered its help to students to express their political views after several claimed harassment by teachers.

The message was posted on the opposition Pheu Thai Party’s Facebook page on Monday after students from various schools all over the country decided to wear white ribbons and raise the three-finger salute during the national anthem.

The gesture was prompted by near-daily anti-government protests, particularly Sunday’s rally, where more than 10,000 participated – the largest political gathering since former military chief Prayut Chan-o-cha came to power in a 2014 coup.

But students posted on social media saying that they were watched by suspected officials and some teachers had gotten physical in trying to stopping them.

Netizens, including political activists and lawyers, offered to support the students, believing that they had the right to express their opinions. — The Nation/ANN

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