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.