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Caitlin Ashworth

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A new movement, at least their “branding”, by the pro-democracy activist group Free Youth has caught the attention of many after it posted a new logo that resembles the Communist party’s hammer and sickle symbol, either by design or co-incidence. It has also caught PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s attention who says he’s asked his legal team to look into the new campaign to determine if it has an “illegal agenda.”

The campaign is called the RT Movement, short for “Restart Thailand.” The new logo has the letters “RT” in white against a red background with the “R” shaped as a sickle and the “T” shaped as a hammer. According to a post on the Free Youth Twitter page, the movement raises awareness about oppressed workers in Thailand and pushes to form a republic.

“Whether you are a student, office worker, maid, security guard, farmer or civil servant, we are all workers who are oppressed.”

Free Youth has arranged numerous pro-democracy protests in Bangkok since July. The group has raised concerns about monarchy reform, a taboo topic in Thailand. A slip of the tongue on the subject can land you in jail with a lèse majesté charge for insulting or defaming the Thai Monarchy.

Protesters have been pushing for the country to change from the “Kingdom of Thailand” to the “Republic of Thailand.” Now, Free Youth says Thailand needs to “restart” and become a country where “people reign supreme.”

“A republic is a popular form of government all over the world. It focuses on decentralisation. A ruler must come from a free and fair election, not through the bloodline. There is no blue blood or blood of any other colour but ‘red.’”

The group also included the quote by Thomas Paine: “Since all men are born equal, no man could have the right to establish his family as forever presiding over others”.

But… Prayut says that’s not going to happen.

“Thailand is not a republic. It’s impossible.”

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha's legal team to review new activist movement | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    They will find this new “movement” illegal, no doubt.
    Any group forming to demand democracy to this tyrant and his gang will be declared illegal.
    This is how dictators operate.

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    Fabian

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    I still hope this is a hoax by the Free Youth movement, especially the logo. But it’s remarkable that the first thing Prayut does is trying to find ways to ban the movement. Soon he’ll be “investigating” if it’s illegal when a Free Youth participant farts.

    He’s like a fish biting the bait? Let’s see..

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    A very short-sighted if not stupid move by the Free Youth movement; this will lose them far more supporters than they could ever possibly hope to gain, and discredit anyone associated with them.

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    Mister Stretch

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 9:18 am

    If they really are spouting the nonsense that sounds like it directly came from Marx, then I’ve lost all respect for the movement.

    Reforming the problems in the government, in regards to the way it practices “democracy” was why they said they went into the streets in the first place. It was an honorable and believable reason.

    This “1% oppressing the 99%” and “the country was built on the back of the workers” smack of Communistic ideology, not reforming a democracy.

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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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