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    Thailand insists in a bizarre ban on cheering

    Thailand insists in a bizarre ban on cheering




    The World Cup qualifier between Thailand and Australia on November 15 at Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok will carry on as planned, but in silence.

    The country is still in mourning, following the death on October 13 of King Bhumibol Adulyadel at the age of 88. As such, “All cheering and props such as drums, amplifiers and banners will be banned inside the stadium,” Football Association of Thailand spokesman Patit Suphaphongs told Agence France-Presse.

    Further, fans in attendance “must wear black, white, grey or other sombre colours,” he said. Patit also allowed for the wearing of black ribbons as an acceptable substitute.

    This goes hand in hand with the enforced dress code throughout the nation. Government officials are adhering to this strict dress code for the entire calendar year, and the general public will be doing the same during an official 30-day mourning period.

    King Bhumibol’s reign lasted for 70 years and he was almost universally beloved. Known as “The People’s King,” he spent decades working to bring about democratic law, supported egalitarian reforms, and attempted to modernize the country despite a constant stream of upheavals, and contentious transfers of power, including a dozen military coup d’états.

    “His Majesty is considered to be an almost god-like figure to his people,” Lee Cobaj, the Telegraph’s travel writer explained. “The atmosphere across Thailand is one of deep loss, with friends and families gathering together to mourn and pray for their King.

    The Thai national anthem, with lyrics written by King Bhumibol himself, is played before a movie, play, game, concert, or any form of public entertainment. Everyone will rise at once, and place his or her hand over their heart with a reverence that would shock any Westerner accustomed to the rote displays of patriotism you’ll find at sporting events. Whenever a screen is available, a short film displaying images from the King’s life is shown.

    Genuine anguish notwithstanding, if you’re wondering how a government might impose a nation-wide dress code, let alone order fans to keep quiet, Thailand has been living under a brutal, repressive military junta ever since the National Council for Peace and Order seized power on May 22, 2014 and installed martial law.

    And, fellow Americans, if you’d like to take a gander at what an actual “rigged” election looks like, in a referendum on the current constitution, the NCPO won 61.4 percent of the vote while silencing of any all acts of dissent. Via Forbes:

    The NCPO also engaged in the usual repression accompanying a military putsch: banned public protests, prohibited political meetings, seized radio and televisions stations, censored print media, blocked websites, threatened dissidents, detained critics, and tried opponents in military courts.

    So far more than 1300 people have been detained for “attitude adjustment” and even more have been charged with criminal offenses. More than 1600 people have been tried in military courts, not noted for procedural fairness. Those punished include academics, students, politicians, and journalists.

    The FAT had already cancelled the remainder of its season, and given the current climate, a single World Cup match sans rowdy cheers doesn’t seem to matter that much at all.

    Thailand insists in a bizarre ban on cheering - BangkokJack - Bangkok News


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    3 cheers for Tit

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    Stupid Thais ,

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    Saw the report as well. Dont forget they cancelled the entire Thai Football League, and gave the title to Muang Thong United to prevent that and gambling during this time.

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    Turning into North Korea.

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    Per usual OTT from the expected circles...

    Challenging/independent thought need not apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    bizarre ban
    Not bizarre if it's normal. The reaction is expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Turning into North Korea
    Indeed.
    What's the latest on the intention to change the constitution?
    Any predictions as to what the changes will be?
    Odd, though, as when they drafted it they knew what was impending, and thus it points to some unseen development.....I suspect we'll have a regent for some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Per usual OTT from the expected circles...

    Challenging/independent thought need not apply.
    You like being told what to wear? What TV shows you're allowed to watch? When you can express happiness by singing or cheering?

    I don't.

    You can have the place. Enjoy.

    Where I live has its issues, but nothing like what you endure.

    Better you than me. (Which is why I didn't retire there.)

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    move the freaking game to another country then, dolts.

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    ^ What you suggest is sensible.....but...Too much money at stake.
    Last edited by Maanaam; 22-10-2016 at 06:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Turning into North Korea
    Indeed.
    What's the latest on the intention to change the constitution?
    Any predictions as to what the changes will be?
    Odd, though, as when they drafted it they knew what was impending, and thus it points to some unseen development.....I suspect we'll have a regent for some time.
    The event is a great distraction and convenient conduit for those that will continue the underlying suppressive dirty work.

    Shouldn't expect anything less in the coming months and years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    move the freaking game to another country
    they want their cake and

    barmy as barmy can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Per usual OTT from the expected circles...

    Challenging/independent thought need not apply.
    You like being told what to wear? What TV shows you're allowed to watch? When you can express happiness by singing or cheering?

    I don't.

    You can have the place. Enjoy.

    Where I live has its issues, but nothing like what you endure.

    Better you than me. (Which is why I didn't retire there.)
    My post wasn't directed towards you, Davis - but directed towards them...

    Mellow out.

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    ^Mine wasn't directed at you - just a general observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Where I live has its issues, but nothing like what you endure.

    Better you than me. (Which is why I didn't retire there.)
    To be fair, it's not like anything of this calibre has happened in most people's memory so nobody really knew how things might pan out. I got it wrong and thought the entire country would basically shutdown for a month or more, but besides the locals favouring black as their clothing colour of choice it's pretty much business as usual.

    As for the PI vs LOS as a retirement destination, the totally lop-sided numbers tell that story for a hundred good reasons. Better you than me living there on that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
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    As for the PI vs LOS as a retirement destination, the totally lop-sided numbers tell that story for a hundred good reasons. Better you than me living there on that point.
    To each his own. I'd love to hear the hundred good reasons. Or even five. Other than food, which I concede.

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    My guess is they won't have much to cheer about anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Or even five
    Fewer hurricanes
    Fewer Christian Fundamentalists
    Fewer mentalists
    Fewer Muslims
    Fewer jeepneys
    Fewer Volcanic eruptions

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    Fewer brownouts and water outages.
    Fewer quacks masquerading as Doctors.
    Fewer infrastructure total fails.
    Fewer pieces of shit predators looking for unsuspecting Foreigners to rob.
    Fewer extreme poverty cases.

    I could reach 100 if you want to start a thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Or even five
    Fewer hurricanes
    Fewer Christian Fundamentalists
    Fewer mentalists
    Fewer Muslims
    Fewer jeepneys
    Fewer Volcanic eruptions
    Yep.
    ....and could be expanded upon 10 fold, in comparative form.

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    Steady I here Peter Sellers whispering

    "Scarper here come the rozzers?"

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    To each his own...Pros and cons everywhere...But it sounds like Davis has things in comfortable order in FlipperVille...I've never been, but wouldn't mind visiting some day...

    But I meet many Flippers in every city I've been to in Canada...And everywhere else, as well...Wonderful people, I must add...

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    aussie aussie ausie oi oi oi, .....oops, shit chant anyhow.

    Should do like they do in the UK and have applause for the king instead of silence,

    The reason the silence and one minutes applause was changed was some Man Utd supporter was heard shouting on live TV "You Scouse twats" during the silence.

    Someones always going to break the silence, totally unpoliceable.

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    Died of natural causes or no one would be talking.

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