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Latest update : 2014-05-21

Thailand: Web users react to martial law

In this edition: online reactions as Thailand's army declares martial law; the anti-World Cup movement is growing in Brazil; and footage of the formation of a giant thunderstorm.


Military vehicles patrolling the streets of Bangkok and soldiers armed with machine guns setting up roadblocks across the city … these amateur images have been posted to social networks and testify to the current situation in the capital, after Thailand`s army declared martial law early Tuesday morning in a surprise announcement it said was aimed at keeping the country stable after months of sometimes violent political unrest. There has been lively reaction online. 

Many have voiced their concerns over the radical move under the #prayforthailand hashtag. They fear for the future of democracy in the country and are questioning the army`s real intentions. Some say a coup d’état is underway in Thailand although the army has assured this is not the case. 

Fears fueled as the army has ordered several television stations, both pro-opposition and government linked, to stop broadcasting until further notice. Soldiers have taken over their buildings and they are now airing messages explaining the programs have been temporarily suspended. 

And although there is much speculation online over what the future holds, some Thai web users are making light of the current situation. As we can see here these young ladies have made the most of the military presence in the streets of Bangkok to snap some soldier selfies. 


The anti-world cup movement is growing in Brazil, with less than a month to go before the tournament kicks off. The words "Nao vai ter Copa", which means “there will be no World Cup” are appearing increasingly frequently on walls across the country and also on social networks

Activists have taken to the countless dedicated Twitter and Facebook pages to criticize the colossal costs involved. They say the 11 billion euros spent on hosting the World Cup would have been better invested in helping the people of Brazil, in job creation, health services and education.

They have taken their grievances to the streets, staging multiple strikes and protests. The latest demonstration was on May 15, which activists declared an "international day of world cup resistance". Thousands gathered for rallies in several cities across Brazil, and in Sao Paulo the demonstration descended into clashes between police and protesters.

And the calls to protest are ongoing, with activists and unions coordinating numerous rallies via Facebook. The movement is set to continue until the start of the tournament on June 12, when demonstrations will again be staged across the country; 30,000 people and counting have confirmed they will be participating. 


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Italian lingerie chain La Perla has come under fire from American web users after placing this skeletal mannequin in one of its New York City store windows. Many say it is encouraging anorexia and inundated social media with messages slammed the use of such a skinny mannequin. The campaigning has paid off because La Perla has since apologized and said it will no longer be using the controversial model to display its creations. 


British artist Chris McVeigh, also known as "Powerpig" is a Lego enthusiast, and uses the little bricks to build all sorts of day to day objects. In his latest collection Chris McVeigh has reproduced retro technology, like the pre-flat screen TV, the PolarZid camera, and old style video games… he has also written a manual for each of his creations, available on his web site, so web users can build their own Lego versions… 


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