In this edition: protesters in Thailand are urging a boycott of a well-known beer brand; a young American man shares his incredible weight loss experience online; and a BMX champ in a stunning performance across Lima, Peru.
CALLS TO BOYCOTT SINGHA BEER IN THAILAND
For some weeks now activists in Thailand have been using Singha beer or other products made by the same brewery to wash their feet... It’s to show their opposition to the anti-government protests currently underway in Bangkok, where demonstrators are calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s resignation.
The movement was prompted by remarks made by Chitpas Bhirombhakdi, heiress to the Boon Rawd brewery that makes amongst others, the Singha and Leo beers. As we can see in these photos posted to her Facebook page, the 28-year-old, who was educated in the United Kingdom, is a key figure in the “yellow shirts” movement, loyal supporters of the King, mostly made up of urban elites.
And when interviewed by AFP last month she claimed many Thais did not have a “true understanding” of democracy especially in rural areas.
Comments that have greatly angered pro-government “red-shirt” supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who sister is now leading the country, most of them from rural areas. They soon took to social media platforms, sharing and circulating calls to boycott Singha products.
Campaigning to such an extent that Chitpas Bhirombhakdi’s father released an open letter stating his daughter would soon be changing her surname, in an apparent attempt at distancing her political activities from the family business, one of the most prosperous in Thailand. ... Go on reading on our web site.
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