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Song battle at Army Headquarters

Submitted on Wed, 2019-02-20 18:59PrachataiAt 9.30 today (20 February), political activists Ekkachai Hongkangwan and Chokchai Paibulratchata held a demonstration at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in response to army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong’s order to broadcast the controversial Cold War anthem ‘Nuk Paen Din’ (‘Scum of the Earth’) on all army radio stations and over the intercom at military headquarters. (Source: Banrasdr Photo) Written by an army colonel in 1975, at the height of leftist activism, ‘Nuk Paen Din’ is most often associated with the 6 October 1976 massacre at Thammasat University. It was broadcasted on the army’s Tank Corps Radio both before and after the event. The song describes the type of people who should be seen as national enemy and therefore should be eliminated. It dehumanized political opponents, and is therefore associated with polarized politics, violence, and a traumatic point in modern Thai history. Ekkachai and the group brought a large teddy bear and a folded chair, and attempted to recreate an image most often associated with the 6 October massacre by hanging the teddy bear to a tree in front of the army headquarters, similar to how a student’s body was hung from a tree and beaten with a folded chair. However, police officers surrounded them and confiscated the teddy bear. Ekkachai then played the song ‘Prathet Ku Mi’ (‘Which is My Country’) by the rapper group ‘Rap Against Dictatorship’ on a small speaker and pretend to beat Chokchai with the chair, imitating not only the music video but also the iconic photo taken by Neal Ulevich of a corpse hanging from a tree being beaten with a chair and surrounded by a cheering crowd. The police then retaliated by playing the patriotic song ‘Kwam Fan An Soong Sood’ (‘The Impossible Dream’) before taking Ekkachai and Chokchai... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Song battle at Army Headquarters, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Song battle at Army Headquarters

 

 

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Published By: Prachatai - Wednesday, 20 February

 

 

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