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Thailand activists hold online Black Lives Matter protest

Caitlin Ashworth

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While the US is on the complete opposite side of of the world, some in Thailand joined an online protest yesterday on the Zoom video-conferencing software. Reuters says 300 Thais and foreigners joined the digital call for justice for George Floyd, a black American who died at the end of May after being pinned down by a Minneapolis police officer.

Protesters couldn’t take to the streets due to restrictions imposed by the emergency decree in Thailand and social distancing measures, so they did what they could online. The event, promoted by the unofficial group Supporters of Black Lives Matter in Bangkok, had a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to represent the time Mr. Floyd was pinned under the officer’s knee before he died.

Activists held up their arms, their hands in a fist. Dozens of videos showed everyone doing the same. One wrote “I can’t breathe” on their arms, the last words Floyd said before he died.

“Everyone has hopes, everyone has dreams, everyone bleeds red, you know. It’s crazy that they still have this in 2020 when in 1963, that was when Martin Luther King did his freedom speech.”

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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    Ron Parks

    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Caitlin I live in Thailand I am American. The Thaiger did an article on amnesty on visas for all foreigners till July 31st meaning no overstay fees.. need to confirm.
    Thank you.
    Ron

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    Tim Apples

    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Is this the rally Bangkok was “bracing for” from the story 2 days ago? “Lets take a stand against inequality, fire up your $3000 dollar laptops boys.”

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    Glenn Oliver

    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    George Floyd was a career criminal. He was in and out of prison most of his life, including 5 years in prison for a home invasion where he held a pistol to a pregnant women stomach.This was in Texas. He moved to Minneaplois where he was a bouncer at a club. Officers arrested him for using fake 20 dollar bill. He was a giant who resisted arrest. His autopsy showed he was taking fentanal and amphitamine drugs. Yes, he should not have died from being choaked, but he was no Mr nice guy..check out his background.

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      me

      Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      who said he was mr. nice guy? and what does his background have to do w/the brutality that was captured on film? he wasn’t resisting. he was pleading for his life. i’m not going to let you trumpets change the narrative

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        Pink

        Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm

        I don’t care what his skin colour was. He was a career criminal thug and should never be used by anyone as a figure to advance their cause no matter how noble they think it is. Doing so is tantamount to approving of his life and does more damage, than good, to any legitimate grievance.

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    David Bateman

    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Hopefully this won’t turn into the farce the rest of the world has witnessed. It should be a protest to say ALL lives matter, not just black lives. And as the majority of black lives are taken by black people, they should direct their protests toward black people!

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      me

      Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      you’re missing the point. blm means that to many people, black lives do not matter. blm is technically “black lives ALSO matter.”

      it should be obvious that they do, but for many people their lives don’t.

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    Steve

    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Black Lives Matter!

    “The quest for whiter skin, a controversial topic in the Western world, shows no signs of abating in Thailand or, indeed, across large swaths of Asia. Whitening creams account for half of the $320 million Thai market for facial creams, according to research firm Nielsen.” (Forbes, May 2, 2018.)

    Black Lives Matter!

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    me

    Monday, June 8, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    props. and quite powerful seeing the grid of people with their fists up. good on you, people of thailand!

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      Johnny

      Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 6:07 am

      No one noticed that the ‘fist’ that is used as a logo for BLM is the same fist as used as a logo for Chinese Communist Party? That is not coincidence.

      BLM founders are communist and trained marxists. BLM is co opted to other communist groups.

      Leaders in BLM are often in cults such as Nation of Islam. Nation of Islam in the US are not real muslims.They study scientology books, such as dianetics. They are a money cult.

      BLM is used to empower communist groups. They do not empower black communities other than their cult. I do not think there are any presidential candidates who are black and endorse BLM. BLM is co opted to empower Sunrise and Biden. Any black politician endorsed by them will promote that over everything else.

      BLM is as legit as Jim Jones. They threaten and attack any blacks who disagree with them. It is not uncommon for BLM groups to have no blacks in them but will still attack blacks who do not submit to their will. Those groups are evil. Their compassion for blacks is fake. Their leaders are often money cults and criminals syndicates. They use fake compassion to infiltrate, steal, extort and spy. The founder of the larger co opts and earlier communists were doing this long before BLM.

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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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