Taking Risks for True Freedom
Looking closely at each of the line, it’s apparent that RAD is risking their necks here.
Since taking power four years ago, the military junta enforced strict censorship laws which basically prohibit the act of speaking out against the government.
Reports were rife in the past few years revealing the extent of measures that the police and military have taken to quell anti-government sentiments. Clashes between protesters and security forces would often end up with plenty of individuals getting hurt or dead.
As expected, the 10-man group had received some threats of arrests from the police, according to this local news outlet.
A Timely Message
This coming March 24, Thailand is scheduled to hold its first general elections. Since taking power in 2014, the military government has been keen on delaying the elections. In total, the government has postponed the elections at least five times.
Aside from confronting corruption, nepotism, poor government services, etc., the song directly criticizes the military junta which now has its plans to run as a legitimate political party in the coming election.
In a statement cited by The Guardian, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University said that the message of the song could never be more perfect to describe the current political situation in Thailand.
The people, according to Pongsudhirak, are “increasingly fed up and frustrated” with those in power. As if adding more insult to the injury, the government even has to force everyone to keep their sentiments for themselves for such a long time.
As what the political expert fittingly said, this makes for a “combustible situation.” And we dare say that RAD’s “Prathet Ku Mee” could be the spark that would ignite the flame.