Time for the regime to face the music

Time for the regime to face the music

The angry rap song has reopened the wound of October 6, long suppressed but never gone from collective consciousness. (YouTube/Rap Against Democracy)
The angry rap song has reopened the wound of October 6, long suppressed but never gone from collective consciousness. (YouTube/Rap Against Democracy)

Finally, the return to democracy has begun. It's raw. It's vulgar. It's controversial. It has also unleashed a rush of polarised opinions. Police are gunning to outlaw it as more people flock to view it online, with over 21 million on YouTube for the music video in question as of yesterday mid-afternoon.

The rap song Prathet Ku Mee (What My Country's Got) is giving Thailand a fresh taste of freedom and defiance. It is not the first example, by all means. But it's one that has apparently caught fire after years of capitulation.

Atiya Achakulwisut is a columnist, Bangkok Post.

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Atiya Achakulwisut

Columnist for the Bangkok Post

Atiya Achakulwisut is a columnist for the Bangkok Post.


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