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Police ask man not to wear a shirt critical of the Thai monarchy

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Thai Lawyers for Human Rights

A man had decided to wear a shirt displaying text that says he lost faith in the Thai monarchy. Not surprisingly, he received a knock on his door from police officers. Thai Lawyers for Human Rights posted on their Facebook about the incident, saying the man was told not to wear the shirt again as it could cause “social chaos and unrest”.

Tiwagorn Withiton says 2 officers visited his house a few days ago, but he wasn’t home, according to Khaosod. Apparently the officers spoke with his mother and asked that he not wear the shirt. They came back a day or so later, but this time it was a group of 10 officers asking that he not wear the shirt.

“The visit with 10 or so officers was friendly. I understand their intentions that this would affect the relationships between people who love it (the monarchy) and people who lost their faith … I explained myself fully to them, and they listened to me without threatening me.”

The shirt, white with red writing in Thai characters, is now Withiton’s profile photo on Facebook. He wrote on his page about the incident. He said he just had one t-shirt made and does not plan on selling the shirt.

“Losing faith isn’t the same as wanting to overthrow the monarchy … It’s a feeling inside your heart similar to falling out of love or losing one’s trust … There is no way to force people who ‘lost faith’ to regain their faith using violence.”

SOURCES: Khaosod English | Facebook | Thai Lawyers for Human Rights

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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