Chula student group apologizes for supporting PDRC in 2013 rallies

A student’s organization at Chulalongkorn University apologized for its support of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) rallies in 2013 that culminated in the overthrow of the democratically elected government the following year.

“If we do not say sorry then it would be like we are playing down the significance of the event when the fact is that the coup has been very detrimental to our society,” Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, president of the Student Government of Chulalongkorn University (SGCU), told Thai Enquirer on Monday.

“Our statement is already inspiring other organizations to do the same,” he added

The group issued its apology as a statement on Saturday May 22, the anniversary of the coup.

The SGCU said the university, including teachers and various student clubs openly supported the PDRC pressure group back in 2013 by joining, making speeches and allowing them to use the university’s grounds for rallies.

They said the right to assembly is guaranteed for everyone but the PDRC’s rallies were calling for a military coup.

They said the coup has led to the current dictatorial regime and the university’s involvement with the PDRC has brought bad reputation to the establishment.   

“If there was no coup then there would have been more political awareness and more positive competition between political parties since then because of the emergence of social media,” Netiwit said.

“Now we are stuck in a nepotistic regime where many people disagree with [the government] but they cannot do anything about it,” he added.

The statement also said they cannot change what happened in the past but the student organization vowed that they will support the democratic system, respect the rights of every individual and promote the principle of equality from now on.

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