Ice-cream protest mocks Boonlert

A red shirt activist says he's come up with a cool way to counter the Pitak Siam anti-government movement.

  • Published: 16/11/2012 at 04:22 PM
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Sombat Boonngamanong says he will stage "flash mob" events at which like-minded people will gather to eat ice-cream.

Confused? Here's the scoop: The ice-cream eating is intended to poke fun at Pitak Siam leader Boonlert Kaewprasit and his pledge to "freeze the country".

Gen Boonlert has said he wants to see a military coup, followed by a five-year "time out" from politicians to give Thailand a chance to recover from the effects of corruption and bad policies. He plans to lead the next Pitak Siam rally on Nov 24 at the Royal Plaza

Mr Sombat has launched Facebook pages dedicated to mocking the Pitak Siam leader's bluster.

He said he would use social media to start a new movement aimed at taking a stand against "people who are trying to freeze the country".

On Sunday, he plans to hold a "Freeze Thailand" campaign from the Siam to Chatuchak BTS stations, beginning from noon.

He said participants would wear jackets, sweaters and wrap themselves in blankets to protect themselves from the chill of a Boonlert-style freeze.
"Then we'll go and get some ice-cream," he said.

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