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Gender-rights activists remake Thai feminism

Fight for democracy must include equality and social justice, campaigners insist

Members of the Feminist's Liberation Front at the Oct. 9 mob pluey, or "naked mob," event in Bangkok. (Courtesy of the Feminist's Liberation Front)

BANGKOK -- Some wore Pussy Riot masks, mimicking the controversial Russian protest punk rock and performance art group with matching neon outfits. Others came in drag, riding motorcycles as they waved Pride and transgender flags. Others bared their breasts, with words scrawled in red ink across their chests: "We have only our bodies."

They marched down Silom Road, one of Bangkok's busiest streets, converging on Democracy Monument, a city landmark that had been entirely draped in the rainbow colors of Pride. On stage, students had their hair cut in defiance of Thai Ministry of Education regulations, while speakers demanded an end to the kingdom's archaic Section 112 lese majeste provisions, which bar critical comment on the country's monarchy.

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