The junta has not banned political mockery and effigies mocking government or military figures from the parade of the annual traditional Thammasat-Chulalongkorn soccer match tomorrow, Col Winthai Suvaree, spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order, said today (Feb 2).
Col Winthai, however, clarified that it was normal practice in the past few years for military personnel to inspect the political mockery activities and effigies mocking government or military figures prior to the parade.
He insisted that military personnel merely wanted to seek cooperation from the parade organizers, to ask them to exercise extra caution in order to make sure that the activities are positive because of the sensitivity of such activities.
Col Winthai insisted that the move by the military personnel to inspect the parade activities was not unusual but was a practice which was done before in the previous traditional soccer matches between the two universities.
The 72nd CU-TU traditional football match is hosted by Chulalongkorn University at Supachalasai National Stadium in Bangkok’s Pathumwan area. The event will start from 1 pm onward with cheer activities and politics-mocking parade. The kick-off time is 4 pm.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)