THE website of the Constitutional Court, http://www.constitutionalcourt.or.th, was hacked today (Nov. 11) and transformed to play American experimental hip-hop group Death Grips’ “Guillotine (It goes Yah)” music video after a ruling was passed against three activists yesterday, Sanook.com said today.
This court had ruled that the three activists, Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, Mr. Anon Nampa and Mr. Panupong Jadnok, or Mike, all leaders of the People’s Party, had used their rights and liberties with the aim of overthrowing democratic institution with the King as head of state according to the first paragraph of Article 49 of Constitution and ordered them to halt such action.
Anon and Panupong, who are currently detained in jail under lese majeste lawsuits, better known as Criminal Code Section 112, were not allowed to appear in court whereas Rung protested by walking out of the courtroom after requests for hearings of the defendants’ witnesses had been bluntly denied by court.
In addition to transforming the website to play this music video, the portal’s name too was changed to kangaroo court.
According to Wikipedia.com, “Guillotine (It goes Yah)” was released on August 3, 2011 by Death Grips as the lead single from their debut mixtape Exmilitary.
The music video for “Guillotine” features Death Grips’ frontman MC Ride angrily rapping while riding in a car, with the visuals becoming increasingly corrupted by white noise. Zach Hill, the drummer for Death Grips, said in 2012 that it “made total sense to start filming in a car” as “Guillotine” is an “anxiety-fuelled” and “claustrophobic” song. According to Hill, the music video cost less than $20 to make.
Top and Home Page: MC Ride rapping in this music video. The Thai headline says, “Constitutional Court’s website has been hit.” Top photo: Sanook.com, Home Page screengrab image: YouTube