Young protesters flash the three-fingered salute of defiance at a pro-democracy rally in central Bangkok on Aug. 8 (Photo: UCA News)
The young Thais who showed up en masse to stage an hours-long flash mob on a plaza-style skywalk in downtown Bangkok on the afternoon of Aug. 8 came with a singular mission: to show the country’s authorities that they have had enough and they are not afraid to make their voices heard come what may.
The 1,000 or so protesters said as much and in so many words by intoning “We’re not afraid!” boisterously in unison and jeering derisively when police officers called on them via loudspeakers to disperse.
The students played the song Do You Hear the People Sing? from the movie Les Miserables on portable speakers, with hundreds of them singing along in English to lyrics like “Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Beyond the barricade, is there a world you long to see? Then join in the fight that will give you the right to be free.”