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Woman faces charges after allegedly slapping a student for not standing during national anthem

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A woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly slapped a 15 year old student who didn’t stand up for the national anthem at a train station in Ayutthaya.

The woman, a food vendor at the train station, allegedly approached the student when the anthem ended. In a video shared by thousands on Twitter, the woman said “Stand up. Come here …What a waste. You’re a student wearing the student uniform.”

The student says she told the woman that she didn’t stand up because she was in pain from menstrual cramps. The student’s family later filed a complaint with police.

Thailand’s national anthem plays at schools and public places everyday at 8am and 6pm. People stop what they are doing and stand in silence until the song is over to show respect for the Thai Monarchy and the country.

With the recent pro-democracy movement, some have shown defiance against the government and monarchy by holding their hands up in the movement’s 3-finger salute, borrowed from the Hunger Games films, during the national anthem. Royalists have rallied and called on the protesters to stop “insulting” the Thai institution.

There are also cases of people not standing up before cinema films during the playing of the Royal Anthem.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Coconuts Bangkok

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    sam thompson

    October 28, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Outrageous and irresponsible behaviour from an adult who should mind her own business. Hope she gets a hefty fine and a little scare with a few days in jail, as this is assault. What a terrible person and a bully.

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    Suzanne

    October 28, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Unmitigated savagery, incited no doubt by royalist campaigners at this time.

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    brian

    October 28, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Typical, violence underpins the whole rotting edifice.

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    Toby Andrews

    October 28, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    A disgraceful exhibition in a public place regardless of whether it was justified or not.
    I hope she meets the girl’s mother.

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      jack Potts

      October 28, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      Wow ,a slap for not standing and showing respect,outrageous. Reminds me of the film Bridge over the river kwai.respect goes two ways the attacker should in my opinion be made to see this and then it’s over.Its not a big thing .

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    Maag

    October 28, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Shame on this woman , fascist !

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    Prof. JPD

    October 28, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    We know from science, that the gene of Homo neanderthalensis is very marked in the south east Asean region. This female food vendor is seemingly a still living example?

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      Toby Andrews

      October 29, 2020 at 3:17 pm

      Yes her arms were a bit long

      lol

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      Mark Juan

      November 1, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      Wow, Racist much? Think all Asians are monkeys? Go back to England, your still in your mums flat is still waiting for you.

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    James

    October 29, 2020 at 1:03 am

    It is all about peer pressure.

    I have never seen a Thai in a house in Thailand standing at 6pm as they are all usually eating at that time and pay no attention of the tv is on and the anthem plays.

    I have seen it when shopping in Makro for example.

    If Thais are down a side isle I have seen many carry on talking and shopping and then when they come across a group standing still they stop too.

    It used to be the same in cinemas in England 55 years ago but people thought it nonsense and stopped doing it.

    I stand when in Thailand but I would never go on my knees and lay on the ground before a king as you see on this tv on a daily basis.

    How could anyone with self respect do that?

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      SG666

      October 29, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Its the same thing in Thai cinemas or even in international schools here.

      When I visited a cinema in LOS the days before the mask wearing nonsense started I make sure to enter after the national anthem was played or I simple not stand up when the played it.

      In school I make sure that my son arrives after the morning assembly.

      Saying that I would never ever stand up for any national anthem not even for my homecountry.

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    Issan John

    October 29, 2020 at 2:08 am

    Talk about being their own worst enemies …

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    Johnny Rambo

    October 29, 2020 at 3:56 am

    Things like that happen in backwards countries populated mostly by intolerant savages like Thailand. So this incident doesnt really surprise me.

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    James Pate

    October 29, 2020 at 6:30 am

    Senseless and stupid. MYOB vendor woman! Yellow shirts will pay her fine, no doubt.

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    James Bond

    October 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    This incident is a very sad reflection on Thai society in general. It is still very much feudal and hierarchical, with blind obedience required for all “high institutions”. Thailand is being left behind the rest of Asia and will suffer as a result. I hope the student protests can effect change but I doubt that it will while they insist on reform of the Monarchy. They need a popular uprising to include other sections of society, but I think that is a bridge too far right now. Slowly, slowly catchy monkey….. needs to be the approach

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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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