A demonstrator shows a yellow duck coupon for 10 baht handed out to people at the anti-government rally in front of SCB Park, the headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank, in Bangkok's Chatuchak district on Wednesday evening.(Photo by Arnun Chonmahatrakool)
The yellow-duck food coupons distributed during Wednesday’s anti-government rally are illegal, according to police.
Police were preparing to take action against those who used the coupons to buy food from stalls at the rally site on Wednesday night, a source said on Thursday.
The investigators would also look into the wording on those coupons.
If the wording was deemed to insult the monarchy, investigators would forward lese majeste cases to the police for further action, the source said.
The yellow-duck coupons were handed out during the anti-government rally in front of SCB Park, the headquarters of Siam Commercial Bank, in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district on Wednesday evening.
Rally staff distributed 3,000 coupons. Each coupon had a declared value of 10 baht and could be used when buying food or souvenirs at participating stalls.
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coupon : a small piece of printed paper that you can exchange for something or that gives you the right to buy something at a cheaper price than normal - คูปอง, บัตรแลกสินค้าที่ได้จากร้านค้า
declare : to announce officially - ประกาศ
deemed : considered - เห็นว่า ถือว่า
distribute : to give something such as food, clothes or money to a group of people - แจกจ่าย
lese majeste : the crime of offending, threatening or showing disrespect for a member of the royal family - หมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ
participating : taking part in something - เข้าร่วม
souvenir : something that you get to remind you later of being at a particular place or event - ของที่ระลึก
stalls : large tables or small shops with an open front from which goods are sold in a public place - แผงขายของ
wording : the words used in a piece of writing; the way the words are used to say something -