Stop telling us how we should mourn
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.