Thaksin goes viral on social media after clubhouse appearance

Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra went viral on social media on Wednesday after a late night appearance on the social media application Clubhouse to talk about the problems Thailand is currently facing.

Thaksin used the opportunity to address the country’s lack of vaccines and sentiment many Thais share about wanting to move abroad. (Read more here)

His sister, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, also made an appearance in the late night talk. Both siblings are in self-imposed exile after being deposed by a military coup. Thaksin was wanted for corruption while Yingluck is wanted for negligence of duty. Both say the charges are politically motivated and deny any wrongdoing.

On Wednesday the hashtag #นายกในดวงใจ (The prime minister of our dreams) was used in reference to Thaksin and his possible solutions for the country. As of Wednesday morning, the hashtag has been used nearly 500,000 times.

Many took the opportunity to criticize the rule of former coup-leader General Prayut Chan-ocha. Netizens singled out Prayut’s continuing failure to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and his repression of anti-government protesters.

Listen to this story

COVID-19

Targeted screening finds Covid infection rates of 10 per cent in Silom cluster

Pro-active screenings for coronavirus found 10 percent of people infected in a cluster centred around the gem-market community in...

Latest article

Five Thai artists making waves in global entertainment

It’s long overdue but Asians are winning big and getting recognized on the global stage - cue Parasite, Bong Joon Ho, CLOY, and Chloe...

Targeted screening finds Covid infection rates of 10 per cent in Silom cluster

Pro-active screenings for coronavirus found 10 percent of people infected in a cluster centred around the gem-market community in the Silom area of Bangkok,...

Thai Airways jumps more than 25 percent ahead of trading suspension

Shares of Thai Airways International (THAI) jumped more than 25 per cent on Friday ahead of its last trading day on next Monday, amid...

Buriram makes Covid vaccines compulsory for high-risk groups

Buriram ordered people in high-risk groups to take coronavirus vaccine or face fine and jail time, the province announced this week.The official order was...

Opinion: Outbreak in the prisons gives us opportunity to ask serious question of criminal justice system

Thailand’s coronavirus pandemic has now spread to the prison system with thousands of inmates testing positive for the virus.High profile activists have been struck...

Thai communities grapple with pollution in economic corridor

Landfill, waste sorting and recycling operations take over Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor, polluting traditional farmland.hey are burning and smelting electronic stuff again,” says...
Listen to this story