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Bangkok braces for Black Lives Matter rally

Jack Burton




The death of black American George Floyd at the hands of police burgeoned into a storm of protests reaching across the globe; one that will reach Bangkok this weekend. The vast majority of demonstrations over the past 8 days in the US have been peaceful, but some have turned violent and curfews have been imposed after looting in a number of US cities. “Justice for George Floyd (Peacefully Paying Our Respects),” a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, is expected to be held Sunday from 1pm-3pm at a location to be confirmed.

Attendees are encouraged by the event’s organisers to wear black, wear masks, bring signs and practice social distancing. The event was announced Tuesday, and more than 800 people have so far expressed interest. Reached for comment this afternoon, organisers said the event is more likely be held “virtually”. Public assembly is currently banned in Thailand under the Emergency Decree enacted to fight the spread of Covid-19.

Thailand, which has its own history of police brutality, denied using using that decree last month as a pretext to quash an anti-government rally.

New charges have been announced against all of the sacked US police officers present at George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minneota. The charge against the officer who held his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, has been elevated to second degree murder. 3 other officers, previously uncharged, now face counts of aiding and abetting murder.

SOURCES: Coconuts Bangkok | BBC


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    King Harold

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Good for Bangkok, I love Thailand. #blacklivesmatter all over the world.

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      Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 1:38 am

      Except they are a terrorist organization

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    Madeline Thompson

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    This is kind of nonsense, making a big deal of this, in this country it is not really relevant. Please, Thailand, do not get on this particular bandwagon, it is very very much a N.American thing, and the US has many different factions manipulating the situation.

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      Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      That’s bullshit. Racism doesnt magically disappear at the thai border. Especially with so many entitled westerners here.

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    Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Thai people, I’m sorry. Many Americans are crazy.

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    John Smythe

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Thai people have no understanding of racism as it’s perceived in the US. Rallying under this label is only an excuse for “me too” participation. Don’t be blind following fools! Foreigners who don’t like the Thai environment should just go home, this isn’t your country in the first place. Behave or get out. You’re a guest and don’t forget it.

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    Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    This was a deplorable act perpetrated by this police officers..and I hope they spend the time in prison they deserve..however it is not the norm as the media wants you to believe…George Floyd was not a role model citizen as media wants you to believe having spent 5 years in prison for armed robbery and numerous other arrest.Last weekend 49 people were shot in the city of Chicago..a usual normal weekend event week in week out but nothing said or protested and you never know their names because it is blacks shooting blacks…So do black lives only matter when it’s convenient for the political left Dems to create division of races.If you want to protest…protest for the good people who lost their businesses and good police who were severly injured or killed or is this behavior justified.Thailand has enough of their own issues that needs addressed without marching for something they don’t understand.

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    Irrasmus Black

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    As a Black American man residing in Thailand over the last 10 months, I find this very very interesting, this act of solidarity and support for Blacks. I have lived and traveled many many countries and my experiences in Thailand have caused me to assess and consider Thailand as the most racist country in the world, so I want to thank the element of people who were emotionally impacted by the atrocity of the unneccessary brutal killing of a Black man in the USA, that they feel the need to act in solidarity.
    I live in an area in Thailand that is very popular with White foreigners and I feel their unease, discomfort, and hatred, the hatred in their eyes when I am in their presence. They avoid eye contact and always maintain a cold rigid demeanor if they have to interact with me. This is an entirely different experience from what I have had living in Europe and North America, so I am wondering what element and mentality of White foreigners visit Thailand. I am reading the comments of some White foreigners who in their primitive minds cannot see the need for a protest or for people to stand up against what transpired in Minnesota. That saddens me and shows the need for this protest and solidarity with Blacks. I want to say thanks again to the organizers of this “Black Lives Matter” event in Bangkok.

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      malcolm hughes

      Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:15 am

      Not only are you talking utter crap it seems you are also a very racist man. You don’t like it here, well no one is keeping you a prisoner here. Pack your bags and leave.

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    Kemah Family Dental

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4:07 am

    One thing is true, Thailand has Fake News Media just like the other countries under the influence of China’s power grab

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    Duke Stern

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 9:30 am

    as an american who is a minority, black lives matter as a movement is retarded.

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    Marshall Lentini

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:26 am

    It took global negromania to make one nostalgic for lockdowns.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Leave, J Smythe? They can’t.

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    Stan Nomad

    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    ALL Lives Matter: racism is a two way street.

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    Friday, June 5, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Since when are Thai women into black men?

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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