Thai authorities are looking for graffiti artists insulting former Prime Minister Prayut

Authorities are looking for a group of political activists who spray-painted offensive words denigrating suspended Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at a number of public places in the country’s northeast Nakhon Ratchasima province .

Media reported that activists held a public expression of solidarity at several locations in Nakhon Ratchasima without permission on Wednesday, August 24. The activities were organized in response to the suspension of Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha from the post of Prime Minister.

Yesterday, officials from the Nakhon Ratchasima municipal office investigated each area and found numerous offensive slogans against Prayut in public places, walls, pedestrian crossings, bus stops, main circuit breakers, etc.

The derogatory posts were spotted mostly in State Department buildings like Tessaban Ha Market, 11 Nakhon Ratchasima Regional Environment Office, Muang Nakhonratchasima School, Korat Art Gallery, Phayap Temple and many bus stops.

The messages said…

“Take power (from the people) for 8 years, it’s time to get out”

“The dictatorship will be ruined by the arts”

“Whoever takes power will die”

“Outlaw PM!” Go out!”

“I am a citizen, not a suspect”

Government agents moved quickly to remove the offensive slogans and informed the media that they would gather evidence and search for the suspects because their actions violated the country’s Clean and Order Act, among others.

Under section 12 of the law, people must not scrape, chip, scrape, write, spray paint or cause words, pictures or other objects to appear on walls, roads, trees or buildings in public spaces, except as permitted by government departments. Anyone who breaks the law faces a fine of up to 3,000 baht.

THE SOURCE: Khaosod | Matichon

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