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Offbeat "Their voice is capital", Thai celebrities break the silence

17:25  18 october  2020
17:25  18 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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" Their voice is vital." That voice grew louder this week. Another former beauty queen, TV personality Maria Poonlertlarp, said in a video on Facebook The support from some celebrities , and silence from others, are not lost on the young protesters. Juggling goggles and a helmet at Saturday's protest

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K-pop superstar, beauty queens and television personalities are among the more and more celebrities to make their voices heard in support of the Thai pro-democracy movement.

In this kingdom, stars rarely speak of their political opinions, their financial gains depending on the billionaires who are one of the pillars of the country's establishment.

But in recent days, personalities have dared to break the silence, especially after the dispersal on Friday by the police, using water cannons, of a peaceful demonstration in Bangkok.

Thai-American Nichkhun, Thai K-Pop idol, better known as the "Thai Prince", told his 6.9 million followers on Twitter that he could not "stay idle "after seeing what happened on Friday.

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I'm breaking the silence I'll make my presence known This time It's my line to stand by Let it take a toll on my life The time has come to use a voice The screams inside my head The time has come to make a choice To put this thing to rest I'm breaking the silence I'll make.

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"The use of violence is something I cannot watch without doing anything," said Nichkhun, member of the famous boy band 2PM, in a message retweeted by tens of thousands of people within hours.

"Violence has never helped anything. I hope everyone stays safe ... and take care of yourself."

On Friday, the police used force for the first time against protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha and reform of the monarchy.

"Abuse of power"

These events took place after a week of tensions in the Thai capital.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets again on Saturday despite a ban on rallies and the arrest of a large number of figures in the movement.

Nichkhun is not the only star to have spoken.

Amanda Obdam, the new Miss Universe Thailand , posted on Instagram photos of a protester facing off alone with shielded riot police.

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"A picture is worth a thousand words," wrote the Thai and Canadian model, adding "your job is to protect people, not harm them."

Until now, many stars have remained silent on these issues in a country where celebrity careers and incomes are closely tied to business deals.

Not taking the risk of alienating potential employers may explain their silence, especially in a kingdom where every sector is overseen by business empires weighing billions of dollars and supporting the royal family.

For Min, a business student who arrived at the protest on Saturday with a helmet and gas mask, celebrities have a moral obligation to speak out.

"They are part of the elite alongside the government," the 18-year-old told AFP . "Their voice is essential".

Former beauty queen who is also a TV personality, Maria Poonlertlarp, ​​said in a video on Facebook that the way protesters are being treated was "completely unfair".

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"Silenced"

The wave of indignation among Thais on social networks has continued to increase since the unexplained disappearance in June of pro-democracy Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, in neighboring Cambodia .

"People have been silenced for talking about double standards and abuse of power," she said in tears, switching from Thai to English.

"For decades, we have suffered a lot of injustice in Thailand, fighting against our government for democracy," she added.

In this video, she appears alongside her companion, Wannasingh Prasertkul, a TV presenter. The latter's parents were part of the 1976 student movement in which dozens of students were killed in Bangkok.

Even some celebrities who are close to power have spoken.

Thus, Milin "Namneung" Dokthian, member of BNK48, one of the most famous K-Pop groups in Asia, who had met with members of his group the Prime Minister in 2018, arousing the anger of dissent, did left no doubt about his feelings.

"We wouldn't have to say 'be careful' if we had a real democracy," she wrote on Facebook, in a post shared by other members of the group.

At Saturday's protest Aim, 25, taunted those who refuse to speak out.

"Maybe they are disconnected and they grew up in a (privileged) situation", she told AFP, but "we will let them down because they are ignorant and silent".

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