Several hundred young Thais demonstrated on Sunday in Bangkok in front of the Democracy Monument to denounce the policies of the government whose resignation they demanded.
After the protest a week ago, when thousands of black-clad participants sang anti-government rap songs, protesters on Sunday chose to wave soft toys featuring animals inspired by a Japanese manga to express their rejection of the government of former army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
Under the surveillance of dozens of police, the demonstrators sang a parody of the favorite song of the Japanese cartoon Hamtaro (“Little Hamster”), replacing the lyrics with the chorus “dissolution of parliament”.
“I want a future in which people can fight for democracy,” said Bowie, 27, who gave only her first name.
We need this right “because the government is attacking anyone who is not on its side,” added the young man before joining the demonstrators starting a jog in music around the Monument of Democracy to symbolize the vicious circle characterizing, according to them, political life in the kingdom.
The economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic and the recent disappearance of an activist from the pro-democracy movement have fueled the discontent of the young generation, who organize themselves mainly on social networks.
The theme for the animated series Hamtaro was chosen because it is viral in other countries, says Jessie, a 19-year-old student.
“They should use our taxes to develop our country,” she adds. “We need a change here now.”
LGBT activists gathered outside the Democracy Monument on Saturday to demand General Prayut’s resignation and equal marriage rights.
The powerful head of the Thai army, General Apirat Kongsompong, on Friday asked all Thais to remain “neutral”, especially on social networks.
Analysts believe that the kingdom, where absolute monarchy was replaced by a constitutional monarchy after the 1932 revolution, shows a tendency to return to absolutism under the reign of Rama X and the ultra-royalist generals around him.
26/07/2020 16:44:40 – Bangkok (AFP) – © 2020 AFP