Chiang Mai art student carves ‘112’ on chest in protest against accusations of royal insults
A Chiang Mai student was arrested today after engraving “112” on his chest to protest the royal libel charges brought against him for an art project earlier this year.
For his performance art manifestation, Chiang Mai University fine arts student Witthaya Klungnin sat inside a circle of crumpled newspapers, pulled up his shirt, and cut the section number of the Criminal Code on her left breast. The law, which punishes perceived disrespect for the monarchy with long prison terms, was reinstated last year to quash protests demanding royal reforms by jailing their leaders.
Two months ago, Witthaya and his comrade Yutsunthon Rattapradit were charged under the law, also known as lese majesty, as well as a flag desecration status for incorporating his colors in a public installation. on the university campus.
Col. Ronnachai Rodloi of the Phuping Rajanivej Police said the complaints against them were lodged by militant lawyer Srisuwan Janya, a die-hard complaints keeper previously concerned with government transparency.
Police then released the two students, but said they would be summoned for questioning on May 31.
Thasnai Sethaseree, a professor at the University of Fine Arts, said he hopes the police will use good judgment in pursuing the case for the implications it will have for free speech. He also criticized Srisuwan for his mistaken targeting of artists who have no ill will towards the nation.
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