The Hidden Symbols of Thailand's Pro-Democracy Protests

Thailand’s pro-democracy protests are a uniquely iconic sight and there is a deeper meaning to the symbols the protestors use. Cultural anthropologist, Edoardo Siani, explains a little known world of symbolism and divine astrology that runs beneath the surface of Bangkok’s protest movement.
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  • Wow, what a mess of an interview, where the heck do you find that guy, conspiracy theorist chatroom? Red is because of it's represent nation on the flag, the red shirt from 10 years has nothing to do with monarchy, it's us the youth movement who is anti-monarchy. Umbrella because we fucking use it defend ourselves from water cannon. White dove is white dove, it represent peace same as everywhere else in the world, it's from an iconic pro-democracy song - White Dove. And flashlight, well, it's exactly because we use it in concert. Not everything need to have deep meaning behind it.

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  • Thais are people who hate everything, they are never at peace in spirit.

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  • You can tell, these dictator-clowns suck at propaganda, because they rely on lens flares, to imply divinity. This needs more dutch-angle.

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  • Goosebumps. Solidarity with our Thai brothers and sisters💕

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  • Man I love Thailand. Was there for so long last year and they’re just such pure people.

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  • What about the duck floats?

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  • Where is the meaning of the duck?

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  • keep protesting and take your democracy!

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  • the strongest will protect the famiy of divinity and fight outwards whilst the cowardly and weak will turn on their own and fight inwards!! Long Live The King!! 👑🇹🇭💛

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  • keep pretending you care while 'photoshopping' smiles on the faces of genocide victims eh. vice is pathetic.

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  • Astrology is blatant in all of society. Math Geometry Time and right after is law

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  • Dont forget if vice doesnt like the way genocide victims look in photo's these people will photo shop smiles on murdered ethnic prisoners faces to make the chinese communist party happy.

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  • Power of media and pop culture into transforming protest. Remind me of how much North Korea is trying to keep religion, social society great thinkers books out of their country. Hey perhaps K-pop is all what's needed to let that match.

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  • The red shirts did not purposely used red to symbolize the opposite to Monday's color. That's ridiculous.

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  • The narrator sounds Filipino when speaking English🥺😂

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  • democracy is overrated

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  • I collect rubber ducks so that big yellow inflatable sit duck is Quack Sparrow at my house.

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  • They should push for abolishment instead of "reform". For how do you reform such a decadent institution?

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  • Surprised Vice is even covering this story. Sad to think that Thailand will no longer be #1 after China takes it over.

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  • Vice editing smiles on Genocide Victims!!!

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  • Why dont you guys ask someone from Thailand instead of resorting to some mythology bookworm.

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  • Thailand keep blowing ducks 🦆 and getting shot at. Them folks getting slaughter over there, smh.

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  • #clickbait

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  • I think it is funny how they give themselves so many medals. I bet this man does not even have basic military training.

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  • Thai people should be careful because China is buying influences in Thailand. There may be another Hong Kong 2.0 with China’s backing.

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  • Came here for the ducks.

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  • ‘Falsifying history’: VICE media flogged for publishing Cambodia genocide victims’ photos with SMILES photoshopped on their faces.

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  • White giy explaining how Thai culutre works which he gets it wrong. Lmao I'm a Thailand and this doesn't make sense. Vice = fake news

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  • "Dilawan" is a worldwide problem. Yellow is the new black

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  • What's up with the three finger salute?

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  • Take note ANTIFA and BLM. This is how you protest. They're religiously confused but they have the American Spirit. I wasn't aware they put Buddha - a man - above God. I think he's reading into the phone lights a little too hard. They were at a concert.

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  • It’s clear that these colour revolutions are not spontaneous. They even use the same symbols as the umbrella used in HK and the yellow ducks in Brazil.. The symbolism is just one of the tactics used on hybrid warfares.

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  • Woke culture is what leads to this. Those are the seeds 🇨🇳 is planting to start banning things that are offensive. Is why it needs to stop.

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  • Thailand’s pro democracy COSPLAY.

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  • I suspect there is more to the story. Is there a part 2?

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    • When there where live broadcasts of the fall of the wall of Berlin, people did not ask for a part 2, but they joined the people that they saw on TV, and became part 2.

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  • I am sorry that might be what Thailand teaches as Buddhism but non of that you say from the piramid to astrology is not buddhis.

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  • Protests in Thailand: Cute blowup ducks 🦆🐥 Protests in USA: *BURN DOWN THE WENDYS*🔥💥

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    • Perfect depiction of protest VS riots

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  • king rules🤣

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  • all of that but nothing on the duckie floats,,, y'all really click-baited us huh

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  • Nobody cares. It`s borin

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  • The Thai are pro capitalism and America is pro socialism . The times are a changin

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  • Bro, the king needs to seriously go

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  • But there are still a lot of Thais who support the monarchy if they where yellow

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  • Sadly the majority of you woke libs voted in an administration who will never protect anyone from their best friend China...

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  • What about the ducks!

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  • I love learning about other cultures. I want to be able to communicate without degrading others points of view. This was very informative. Thank you

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  • The yellow rubber ducks. They were first used in the Hong Kong protests. They were "smiling, cute and designed to ridicule" the China government. The Thais did the same, but figured out they added protection against water cannons and chemical sprays. They are passed to the front and held as shields. Yellow is the color of Thai Royal loyalists. Thus the symbol of the military "shooting water and chemicals" at itself.

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  • The irony is that Buddha was an atheist...🤣

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  • Democracy is good for developing countries. Not so much for advanced civilizations.

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  • Love Thai, especially Ambiiyah

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  • hong kong started this

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  • Support to the people in Thailand, from Chile.

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    • support to chile from canada 🇨🇦

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  • Brave people and they're rare

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  • Looks like they have a potato problem as well.

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  • Indian-chinese mix = South-east asia.

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    • *Mix of cultures from these countries with local customs

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  • Long live the Thai monarchy.

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    • no

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  • The meme wars never end

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  • This is typical of pre christian pagan societys.God kings can be traced to ante diluvian hybrid -humans who had bred with fallen angels.They were identified with the "seed of the serpent" in scriptures.

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    • Dude there is no God, it's all bullshit to control the masses

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  • I hope they will succeed where Hong Kong has failed. They will give inspiration for future protests against tyranny across the world.

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    • @Alex Kateryna basically, Hong Kong protesters are against being controlled by China. Thai protestors are being agitated by outside forces (social media ) and Thai's that want to be the power structure After!, an "overthrow". USA/Soros can not conquer Thailand so easily as it has strong culture, values, religion, pride. This is same formula for what they did to USA. Destroy their religion,family values, create hate between groups. Divide old from young. Now look at USA. The President is surrounded by soldiers and barbed wire to protect him from the people. The "students/demonstrators" won but the country is lost. A Kingdom with out a King is just another country on the map.

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    • @pitchamai kongchan why is what they said against what you said though?

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    • What ????? You are comparing Hong Kong to Thailand ????????? Thailand is a Kingdom and the USA is trying to overthrow the govt to put in it's Thai billionaire working with US State you homework.

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  • You are wrong. About many things. I live in Thailand. You are wrong. Stop trying to figure out our culture. Vice is so out of touch

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  • ジャパニーズハムスター🐹🐹🐹

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  • There's another pretty interesting place doing alot of unique non-violent protests against an oppressive country trying to assimilate it and kidnap its people. Massive trade empire? Britain turned its back? Should do a video on that one.

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  • wth is happening. is world war 3 coming or something?

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