World Inflatable pool ducks, a new symbol of pro-democracy protesters

Inflatable pool ducks, a new symbol of pro-democracy protesters

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Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand have chosen the inflatable duck as a symbol of protest. – SOPA Images / SIPA

Inflatable pool ducks have become a symbol of pro-democracy protesters in Thailand. Many yellow buoys were seen this week in crowds during the protests.

This Tuesday, six demonstrators were shot and wounded in clashes with the police and ultra-royalists. The next day, thousands of people marched again in Bangkok in protest. Videos of the “Rubber Duck Revolution” then went viral on social media.

A very controversial new king

“If the policies are right, the ducks will stay in their pool,” one fan said on Twitter. The buoys were initially used by demonstrators to protect themselves against water hoses from the police. In 2016 and 2017, inflatable ducks appeared in protests against President Dilma Roussef in Brazil and against Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Russia.

Since this summer, Thais have been calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha and a rewriting of the Constitution, deemed too favorable to the army. The movement demands above all the abolition of the law of lèse-majesté, 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 without abolishing it. Crowned in 2016 after the death of his father, King Bhumibol is a controversial figure. He strengthened his own powers in particular by taking control of the royal fortune. His travels while the country is in the midst of an economic recession angered residents.



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