Somsak Jeamteerasakul. Photo from Prachatai website.
More than 200 academics from all over the world have signed
a statement expressing support to historian and college professor Dr Somsak Jeamteerasakul who was recently fired by Thammasat University. The Thai scholar, who has been teaching for two decades, is critical of the junta government which grabbed power last May 2014.
The statement urged Thammasat University and other higher education institutions to uphold academic freedom and free speech:
To think differently is not a crime. If one cannot do so within the walls of the university, spaces of learning and the pursuit of truth, then the space to do so outside those walls will dwindle as well.