Rubber Ducks Against Water Cannon in Thailand, Protesting for Democracy


Mid-November 2020, Pro-Democracy demonstrators in Thailand have adopted a new and highly effective form of defense against police water cannons — giant inflatable ducks, which work much better than umbrellas to protect protesters.

New images from the unrest in Bangkok, where protesters are pushing for a shakeup of the nation’s monarchy and leadership, show demonstrators fending off jets of water by ducking behind these bright yellow balloons — which resemble massive rubber duckie bath toys.


Mostly students and their allies, the protest movmement has gained a lot of steam recently, in an age of protest, and at a time when discontent is simmering against the monarchy and their allies in the military. The student-led democracy movement continue to put a lot of pressure on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign and to make Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn more accountable, if not abolishing the monarchy or making it entirely ceremonial.


Prayuth, a former general, seized power in a military coup in 2014 and holds almost ultimate power, which he shares with the Thai Senate, which also has currrent members that have not been elected.

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November 18, Clashes with police continue throughout the day with more than 40 protesters reported injured in the last 24 hours or so.


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