THE “People Stop Apec 2022” demonstration at the the City Hall square (Larn Khon Mueang) turned lively this evening (Nov. 17) with a ceremony held to curse dictatorship and overthrow all forms it takes, Thai Rath newspaper said.
This ceremony was part of the commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the Farmers Federation of Thailand that had been threatened by state power in fighting for land rights.
Highlights include burning salt, chillies and effigies to curse dictatorship, beating Lanna-style drums and waving flags by youths from the North and reading of poems that promote democracy with this ending in a display of fireworks.
Meanwhile a representative of the Thai human rights group iLaw told participants that some activists have been warned by Facebook that some type of technology had been used to hack their accounts.
This is in violation of their rights during the Apec summit, the unidentified representative said, adding that as far as he knew 26 activists had been hit.
Ritual curse ceremony at City Hall square this evening, Nov. 17, 2022. Photo: Thai Rath