Stop telling us how we should mourn

Bangkok Post

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Only Thais can un­der­stand the depth of feel­ing un­leashed by the death of King Bhu­mi­bol, the only monarch most of us have known, says the Bangkok Post. As we start a full year of mourn­ing, the last thing we need is to be told how to show our grief. But some “trolls and busy­bod­ies” have set them­selves up as the “mourn­ing po­lice”. These “cy­ber-snipers” have been post­ing pho­tos on so­cial me­dia of peo­ple who, “in their smug, su­pe­rior opin­ion”, were mourn­ing “in­cor­rectly”, no­tably by fail­ing to wear the reg­u­la­tion black cloth­ing. Yet not ev­ery­one owns such clothes, and in the rush to buy them, shops have sold out; even black dye is now in short sup­ply. Just as vile are the mobs call­ing for the ar­rest of peo­ple who have crit­i­cised the monar­chy, even though they are mainly tar­get­ing Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, a play­boy whose suit­abil­ity for the role is at least open to ques­tion. Thais should be sup­port­ive in this sad time, not turn on each other with dis­plays of contempt.

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