…”Why did they use dangerous tear gas to disperse us? two got killed, many got serious injured. We didn’t have any weapons to fight them. We have only Hand-Clappers!, …the weapons to chase away the evil that has twisted the minds of this government…”
Plastic hand clapping tools are a big hit these days, as they are widely used among the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) demonstrators in Bangkok. The hand clappers produce louder claps as compared to the traditional hand claps, which is usually painful when done repeatedly.
Supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have turned up every night at Government House armed with what they say are “weapons” to chase away the evil that has twisted the minds of this government. Plastic hand-clappers imported from China are among the popular accessories for rally-goers who have taken over Government House to protest against the “Thaksinisation” of the government now headed by newly-appointed prime minister Somchai Wongsawat.
Plastic clappers a must-have for Thai protesters: You can use it to cheer on a rock band, take to the mall or, why not, try to overthrow a government — the latest must-have among Thailand’s protest set is a plastic, hand-shaped clapper.
Plastic hand clappers are the latest weapon of choice of anti-government demonstrators to noisily put their messages across. CLACK. Clack. Clack. Clack. Clack!
There are lots of things about Thailand’s long-running anti-government protests to startle a casual visitor… It is the sound of thousands of protesters waving the latest must-have accessory – hand-shaped plastic rattles, in lurid colours, which clatter loudly when shaken.
We only had hand clapper, so why did police use force? (The Nation, October 8, 2008)
TOT staffs welcome PM with hand clappers and yell (The Nation, October 22, 2008)
Somchai greeted with hand clappers twice in Chiang Mai (The Nation, November 1, 2008)