As it often happens, the current protests in Thailand started out as student events. This generation has had to partially grow up in times started by the 2014 coup d’état in Thailand. Now more people are joining the protests demanding the resignation of General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s government and an economic reform of the monarchy.
Some members of the rap collective have been arrested for their activism as we’ve covered before here on Shouts. That does not seem to slow them down though. They blast through the new song with seemingly no concern for their own safety. Artists have been jailed around the world for using their voices in this way.
In India people have been protesting the CAA (Citizen Amendment Act) since it was proposed into law late last year.
The new act “amends the Citizenship Act of 1955 to grant a swifter path to Indian citizenship under the assumption of religious persecution”.
But Muslims, Tamil Hindu refugees, Rohingya muslims, Hindu refugees from Myanmar and Buddhist refugees from Tibet have all been excluded from the amendment.
Madara is one of the musicians writing protest songs for his country and fellow citizens. On his personal Facebook page the rapper, who’s real name is Rahul Negi, speaks of the reception of his latest song:
“It feels great to contribute to our people’s strive for a better country to live in and that has been my sole motive, to do something through my art that makes sense and is not the usual. I will keep doing my work and experiment with a lot of new sounds and topics in 2020 and to reflect things happening in our society from time to time in it.
Merciless criticism and independent thinking are defined as the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking because they invoke the mind and draw it away from laxity to focus on improvement of an idea or shifting to another idea. -Bhagat Singh”
When in 2018 Egyptian musician Ramy Essam published the music video to his single “Balaha”, Egyptian authorities arrested the poet behind the lyrics, the music video director and Essam’s former social media manager.
Essam is well known for his participation in the protests of 2011 after writing the song “Irhal” which became an anthem for the revolution. During the protests he was arrested and tortured by Egyptian authorities.
Currently his creative collaborators remain in prison and Essam himself in exile in Sweden. Essam launched the Balaha Case campaign in order to raise awareness and fight for the release of his friends and collaborators.