Sound of Silence

I’d like you to cherish your opportunity to speak your mind, to give opposite opinions, to nag about your government freely. Because if you loose your rights to speak, you will live like us here in Thailand.

12 days ago, military coup occurred again in Thailand. And the coup leader just stated that they will need 15 months to complete their road map before the next election. 15 months that we need to live in silence. The news journalists cannot report anything against the coup. It is sad that my country goes to this state again. It is sadder that there are a number of Thai people who agree with this ancient act even though we are living in the modern world where we should ask for Democracy not military junta.

The anti-coup activities still happen sporadically despite the tight security. There are not many people going out there but military put a lot of effort to stop those who oppose this coup. They have captured some people who just showed paper asking for election.

This anti-coup is a symbol movement. They utilise various methods to display their opposition such as showing a piece of blank paper because the military has ordered Thai people to not speak, write or show any sign of opposition. A few protesters just sit/stand and read books such as 1984 by George Orwell. There is a man standing near BTS station displaying QR code. Some people raise 3 fingers in order to represent the sign in the Hunger games. Some of Thai people might think their acts are ridiculous but I think they are brave to do so. It’s not that easy to go and act like that when military still use the martial law control our country now.

Thank you to those who went outside and captured photos. Hope that the world will know what is happening here in Thailand, the land of smile.


6 thoughts on “Sound of Silence

    • Actually, we couldn’t access Facebook on last Thursday’s afternoon. At first, news report about blocking it by order. Then, news changed to technical problem instead.

      They cannot block the internet because it will impact business a lot due to the fact that we have changed the way we work from offline to online, from hard disk to cloud. But they are trying to block certain websites which some of them have already been blocked. But they still cannot do anythig with the main rivals like Facebook, Twitter or Line.

  1. That is intense. I’m watching The Amazibg Race right now where Thailand is one of the destinations. Beautiful countrt. It is quite puzzling and alarming that a martial law still happens as you say. We had one in the Philippines once as well. The stories of those times are harrowing. I hope that this will pass immediately, and never to ever happen again. I pray that to each and every country in the world. Way to share it.

  2. I hope you are safe and well. I’m so sorry that you and your people are suffering this injustice. I haven’t heard anything here in the western press about it and I find that shocking! The bravest and truest people I know are Thai. Take care of yourself.

    “In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
    ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

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