BANGKOK (AP) — Activists protesting last month’s military takeover in Thailand face a possible two-year jail term if they get too strident, so they’ve found a new way to show their sentiments: handing out “sandwiches for democracy.”
A small group of student activists from Bangkok’s Thammasat University were hoping to hold a picnic rally Sunday, but found the park next to their campus sealed off. So instead they paraded down a nearby street, handing out sandwiches and cakes to anyone who wanted them. One older man accompanying them shouted to onlookers, “Sandwiches for democracy!”
Other activists have held silent public readings of symbolic works such as “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” George Orwell’s indictment on totalitarianism. But the intimidation level is high, with authorities rolling out thousands of troops and police whenever they anticipate a protest.