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Musical face-off in front of army headquarters

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Musical face-off in front of army headquarters

 

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Photo from Wassana Nanuam’s Facebook

 

A battle of political songs – between pro-democracy activists on one side and the police on the other – took place in front of army headquarters this morning in what is a new twist in the aftermath of Army Commander-in-Chief Apirat Kongsompong’s resurrection of the outdated ultra-nationalist song, “Nak Paendin” (Burden of the Land).

 

A small group of student activists, led by Prit Chivarak and Thanawat Wongchai, rallied in front of army HQ at about 9.30 am to demand the army chief stop broadcasting the alleged “hate” song.

 

The group read a prepared statement demanding the song be taken off the air and later pasted the text on a signboard in front of the HQ.  They also held banners claiming the song incites hatred and division. All the student activists were escorted by police to Nang Lerng police station for questioning.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/musical-face-off-in-front-of-army-headquarters/

 

 

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12 minutes ago, webfact said:

All the student activists were escorted by police to Nang Lerng police station for questioning their own protection.

Edited to reflect one reality.

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2 hours ago, Ossy said:

With Apirat's attitude towards what is good for Thailand and what isn't, it's looking increasingly scary.

 

Add to that he's a Prayuth, but with brains and it gets more than scary. We can only hope that he's not going to try to out-score his gun-happy dad, but there's just something about the persona of this motor-mouthed military man that makes me more than uneasy.

lets trust this isn't a precursor to a nasty turn of events, bearing in mind the guiding light of the past is no longer available to help in many instances to keep some form of sanity. 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

A small group of student activists, led by Prit Chivarak and Thanawat Wongchai, rallied in front of army HQ at about 9.30 am to demand the army chief stop broadcasting the alleged “hate” song.

 

The group read a prepared statement demanding the song be taken off the air and later pasted the text on a signboard in front of the HQ.  They also held banners claiming the song incites hatred and division. All the student activists were escorted by police to Nang Lerng police station for questioning.

This makes the police sound a trifle thick. What questions would they ask, 'Why are you here', or 'What are you doing'? Isn't it a bit obvious?

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13 minutes ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Very important point. 

 

When it does eventually reach boiling point, and it will, there will be nothing to stop it this time. 

 

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Unfortunately, there was nothing to stop it either in 2010 or 1976, etc. ...

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The international world must be looking in on Thailand thinking just what the hell are they doing.

Myanmar, Cambodia & now Thailand... other Asean members must be wondering who they've got next door !

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18 hours ago, Artisi said:

Shame the majority of Thais aren't so inclined.... 

True, but it does not take that many people to face down the army, and lead to a history altering movements.  The army likes the boring, dimwitted current status quo.    Change would mean scrutiny, and they are not use to that.   There is way too much fear in Thailand.  Nobody feels like speaking freely about Thai politics.

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