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Authorities hunt group over political laser messages


Authorities are tracking down a group responsible for projecting laser messages on government buildings and public places in Bangkok on Monday evening (May 11).

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“We do not know the exact purpose of this group but speculate that they have also spread these messages around social media to gain a wider audience,” Defence Ministry spokesman Lt-General Kongcheep Tantrawanich said. “It seems they are trying to bring up past political events, but this could lead to misunderstanding by authorities and institutes.”

Authorities hunt group over political laser messages

Laser messages with the hashtag #ตามหาความจริง (“finding the truth”) have appeared on several government buildings and at public places such as the Defence Ministry, Ratchaprasong BTS Station and Pathumwanaram Temple. The messages mentioned the Black May 1992 events and the breaking up of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship rally in 2010, while urging readers to “find the truth” behind the Army’s actions.

Authorities hunt group over political laser messages

“I personally find it inappropriate to project these messages on government and public buildings, which could spark disagreement amid a crisis that the country is already facing. If the group wants to seek the truth, they can find it from evidence in legal cases, some of which have already seen verdicts while others are awaiting further legal procedures,” Kongcheep said.

Authorities hunt group over political laser messages

“The moves by this group might have underlying political implications,” he added. “National security authorities are considering legal action against the group and expect to find them soon.”

Authorities hunt group over political laser messages

Published : May 12, 2020

By : THE NATION