While K-Pop idols are rarely allowed to discuss political issues, Thai idols GOT7’s Bambam and 2PM’s Nichkhun each voiced out their concern on the developing pro-democracy protests in Bangkok.
Bambam, who was previously targeted for not speaking about the issue, tweeted in Thai, “Do not use violence against the public. Being open to listening and respecting individual rights and freedoms is the starting point for the solution. Please everyone take care of yourself.”
Fellow K-Pop idol Nichkhun said, “Violence is something that I cannot stand. Violence has never helped. Please make sure everyone is safe. HOTTEST must take care of yourself.”
On Thursday, 14 October, thousands of Thais defied the ban imposed by its government (gatherings of five or more are prohibited) to convene at Ratchaprasong Intersection in a new attempt to “call for a new constitution, the dissolution of parliament and resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha, as well as an end to intimidation of government critics,” CNN reported.
Twitter, which has been abuzz days following the intense protest, are filled with messages from fans encouraging more K-Pop idols who are of Thai descent to stand up on the said issue.