Inflatable yellow ducks commonly used in the pool. Such are now the symbols of demonstrations for democracy in Thailand. These objects have indeed met this week at heart a crowd of thousands of demonstrators. These latter again challenged the authorities Wednesday, November 18 in central Bangkok, the day after clashes with the police and ultra-royalists in which six demonstrators were wounded by gunshot.
The inflatable ducks were initially used by protesters as protection against police water hoses. Then they quickly became icons.
– Athit Perawongmetha (@Athit_P) November 18, 2020
Videos of the “Rubber Duck Revolution” have gone viral on social media.
— Thai Enquirer (@ThaiEnquirer) November 18, 2020
Here in Thailand, inflatable yellow pool duck is not a toy but shields protecting front line protected from water cannon and tear gas. Story by @ChayutSet @Juarawee #whatshappeninginThaiand https://t.co/jeqNKYeu9i
– Jiraporn Kuhakan (@KuhakanJiraporn) November 19, 2020
The movement, which has been demonstrating since the summer, calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, in power after a coup in 2014, and a rewrite of the Constitution, deemed too favorable to the army.
Above all, he calls for the abolition of the lese majesté law, control over the royal fortune and the sovereign’s non-interference in political affairs. The pro-democracy movement ensures that it wants to modernize the monarchy, but in no case does not wish to abolish it.
Ascended to the throne in 2016 after the death of his father, King Bhumibol, Maha Vajiralongkorn is a controversial figure. In a few years, he strengthened his powers by taking direct control of the royal fortune. His frequent stays in Europe, when the country is in full recession since the coronavirus pandemic, also raised questions. For several weeks, Maha Vajiralongkorn has not left the kingdom, going so far as to declare his “love” for all Thais.