Anti-military dictatorship rap song tops iTunes downloads in Thailand
An anti-military dictatorship rap song has topped Thailand's download list on iTunes after police and the government threatened legal action against the Rap Against Dictatorship (RAD) group.
The Prathet Goo Mee (My F...king Country's Got...) went to the top of Thailand's iTunes download list on Saturday morning to the cheers of RAD who posted a message to thank its fans.
The music video was uploaded to YouTube on Monday. By Saturday morning, the YouTube clip was viewed more than 5.518 million times and received over 297,000 likes and over 4,900 dislikes. It also drew over 35,000 comments.
The video shows different rappers singing about social and political issues, especially those surrounding military coups.
The backdrop in the video shows a historic scene from the massacre on October 6, 1976, when state forces and far-right paramilitaries attacked student protesters on the campus of Thammasat University and the adjacent Sanam Luang Square in Bangkok.
On Friday, Pol Colonel Siriwat Deepor, the deputy spokesman of the Technology Crime Suppression Division, said police had already been ordered to identify the rappers and explore charges.
Police believe the rappers’ actions could have violated the Computer Crimes Act, which prohibits computer information inconsistent with the truth, undermines national security or causes public panic, he said.