A Thai woman posted a video clip of her visit to the house of Chatwadee Amornpat aka “Rose”, who has publicly stated that she is against the Thai monarchy. The woman intended to throw eggs at Rose, but failed as Rose did not show up.
“If she comes out, I’m gonna slap her anyway, alright?” is the first sentence in the clip that the Thai woman calling herself “Kae Kanyarat” said to a man, apparently a non-Thai, who was taking the video clip from their car.
The story of Rose made headlines in the Thai media in April when her parents filed a lèse majesté complaint against her to prove their innocence and to show that they disapproved of their daughter’s actions.
Rose, a 34-year-old hairdresser living in London, has posted more than ten video clips criticizing and defaming the Thai monarchy on her Facebook page. While some call her a democratic idol, she is subjected to hatred and bullying online and offline. Her parents were heavily bullied before they filed the police complaint.
In the clip, Kae left the car to approach the door of house number 18 with a dozen eggs. She rang the door bell, but no one answered. As no one showed up, she went to the house on the right to ask if this was Rose’s house. Then a neighbour from the left came out to take picture of her. Kae then started a quarrel with this neighbour.
“E Rose you get out now and stop talk shit about our King and Queen,” shouted Kae before driving off. She also stopped to take pictures of the house and the car of the neighbour who she had a quarrel with. “The neighbour on the left was so bad. He ran to my car to attack me. But sorry, he didn't get me. He got my eggs instead of Rose,” writes Kae in Thai on her Facebook account.
“I'm a Thai person and also hold British citizenship so I just try to protect Thailand and our King and Queen,” writes Kae on her Facebook account.
Last week, the police issued an arrest warrant for Rose and planned to seek her extradition to be prosecuted in Thailand.
On June 13, UK Ambassador to Thailand Mark Kent replied to Andrew Spooner, an independent UK blogger, on twitter on the issue that “In brief, extradition treaties cover only offences in both states. UK position [is] clear.”
Political cyber bullying has been a very serious issue in Thailand since the anti-establishment red-shirt protest in 2010. The practice was heavily used against people who express critical comments against the monarchy or against the lèse majesté law.