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Thai rapper's arrest amplifies Southeast Asian political hip-hop

From Bangkok to Phnom Penh, lyricists get under authorities' skin

Thai rapper Dechathorn Bamrungmuang flashes the three-finger protest salute after being released on bail in Bangkok on Aug. 20. He still faces the possibility of years in prison.   © EPA/Jiji

PRAGUE/BANGKOK -- The song "Prathet Ku Mee," or "What My Country's Got," has been on the soundtrack of every major Thai protest since the hip-hop collective Rap Against Dictatorship released it in late 2018.

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