Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt has denied attending an anti-amnesty bill march organised by Chulalongkorn University yesterday.
Amessagepostedon Facebook by Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt, left, explains that the manwhobears a strong resemblance to him spotted at the anti-amnesty demonstration at Chulalongkorn University yesterday was in fact his twin brother, Chanchai, right.
But he said he understands why people were confused after seeing a man there who looked just like him.
In a Facebook page post yesterday, Mr Chadchart said the man who was the spitting image of him spotted in the crowd was his twin brother.
Mr Chadchart is a graduate of Chulalongkorn University's faculty of engineering. His twin brother, Dr Chanchai, is an associate professor at the university's faculty of medicine.
He said he had received a Line message inviting him to join the Chulalongkorn protest as well.
Expressing one's disagreement is a normal thing to do in a democracy, he said.
The fundamental principle of democracy is for citizens, be they ministers, doctors, university rectors, officials or cleaners, to enjoy equal rights under the law, he wrote.
"Everyone should be free to disagree. My brother and I, even though we look identical and were raised together, do not agree on everything.
"There are things that we see eye to eye on and things that we don't. But we don't hate each other. We still love each other and are allowed to carry out our duties as best we can," Mr Chadchart wrote.
He urged opponents of the blanket amnesty bill to express their views democratically.
He also reminded people that there are still many obstacles for the bill to overcome before it can be enacted into law.