Thai Government Says Unruly Students Engaged in Brawls May be Conscripted into Military Service
BANGKOK – Thailand’s Military Government the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is now considering whether they can blacklist unruly students and draft them into military service in another attempt to quell student violence.
The idea of the (NCPO) came as student violent brawls with innocent people being victimised continued despite recent invocation of Section 44 of the interim constitution by the prime minister to deal toughly with the long and ongoing student violence.
NCPO spokesman Col Piyapong Klinpan disclosed after the meeting on administrative reform chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan that the meeting has came up with an idea to blacklist students who are engaged in violent brawls.
He said students who were engaged in violent brawls are normally between 18 and 20 years old.
Under the idea, he said if these students blacklisted by authorities will be immediately drafted into military service as soon as they graduate without passing through normal conscription.
The spokesman said the NCPO was looking into the legal aspects whether the idea could be carried out and it would be suitable or not.
It remained inclusive yet as many laws would be taken into account, he said.
Normally a Thai male citizen of 18 years old is mandated by law to be drafted into military service.
However, the person who passes physical and mental test has to draw lot, black or red, to become a qualified draftee. If he picks red, he will be selected a draftee.
However if he picks black, then he won’t be selected to serve in the military service.-Thai PBS
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