New symbol of resistance in thailand

New symbol of resistance in thailand

The democracy movement in thailand is young, colorful and creative – and recently got a very cute new hero: a yellow rubber ducky.

The inflatable animals with the smiling faces, which are actually intended for swimming pools, have been the protagonists of every new protest rally against the government since mid-november, being raised to the sky or placed in the front row at sit-ins. Photos and videos of protesters with their ducks also go viral on social networks – as they have in recent days. But what is it all about?

On 17. November activists wanted to march to the parliament building in bangkok as part of a demonstration. Protests in thailand have been going on for months. Demands include new elections and more democratic rights, but it’s also about the role of the monarchy. However, the police had set up barricades and blocked the way for the demonstrators. They came to the demonstration with huge rubber ducks and joked that the only way to reach parliament was to float across the river chao phraya.

When many demonstrators tried to advance to parliament despite the barricades, security forces used water cannons and tran gas. The inflatable ducks were promptly given a new task: they were used as protective shields. In the meantime, they have become a symbol of resistance and adorn, among other things, t-shirts, caps and helmets, as well as coupons for food distributed at the rallies. Media in the kingdom are already talking about a "rubber duck revolution.

Previously, the three-fingered grub of the rebels from the science fiction film series "the tribute to panem" had already become a sign of peaceful protest. And in august, harry potter was even used for a rally. King vajiralongkorn was suddenly "he whose name must not be mentioned," in reference to lord voldemort, the villain from the saga of J.K. Rowling.

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