Yesterday we woke up to the news that the Thai army had declared martial law and that armed soldiers were stationed at every intersection in Bangkok. In addition they “took over” all of the TV and radio stations. TV channels were allowed to broadcast as normal but they had to interrupt programs with frequent announcements from the army. All of this is effectively a coup.
Having armed soldiers take over your country is a scary situation. So, how did the Thai people react? To answer this, the best way is to take a look at social media. So, what do you think the trending hashtag was yesterday on Twitter? If you said something to do with the military then you were right, but only partly.
The trending hashtag in Thai language yesterday was “handsome soldiers”. In Thai this is #ทหารหล่อ. A second hashtag, #ทหารหล่อบอกด้วย, encourages people to share pictures if they see handsome soldiers. Thai people were also out on the streets of Bangkok taking selfies of themselves with the soldiers and posting them on Facebook and Twitter. Only in Thailand?