A participant in the flashmob on Saturday has faced online attacks and was fired from her job at the television channel MONO29 after the right-wing media site TNews posted her picture and profile on its Facebook page.
The young woman, now a former MONO29 employee, went to the Saturday flashmob at the Pathumwan Skywalk with a sign saying “Fuck U Dictatorship.” A picture of the sign then appeared in the internet, in the background of which is a portrait of King Bhumibol on the side of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) building.
After the picture was widely shared, some netizens started to dig around for details of her personal information and published them online. These details, along with her picture, were then shared by the right-wing online media site TNews, along with those of at least two other people who also went to the flashmob, with its followers firing attacks at the three people in its comment section.
On Sunday (15 December), Mono Generation, the company which owns MONO29, issued a statement saying that they had formed a committee to investigate the issue, but claimed that she willingly resigned from the company.
Following the release of this statement, the hashtag #แบนMONO29 (#banMONO29) trended on Twitter as netizens expressed support for the young woman and criticized Mono Generation for firing her because of her political expression.
Suthep U-on, Future Forward MP and Chair of the Standing Committee on Labour of the House of Representatives, issued a statement in response, saying that “termination of employment, pressuring employees to resign, or firing employees based on company regulations that have nothing to do with work and violate fundamental freedoms is not allowed,” and that “no one should lose their job because of their participation in politics.”
Meanwhile, Wanvipa Maison, another FFP MP, said that in such cases, the employer must pay compensation, and that the Ministry of Labour has received a report of the issue and will be launching an investigation.