Govt TV broadcast the official candlelight ceremony for the King at Sanam Luang, but chose to ignored a much bigger celebration nearby, says Veera Prateepchaikul | Bangkok Post: opinion

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Thursday night’s candlelight ceremony at Sanam Luang to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 86th birthday led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was shown live by all free-to-air TV stations and attracted a big crowd, mostly government officials - but it was less than half the story. 

What these government-controlled TV stations did not show was another, huge crowd of well-wishers, many of them attired in yellow shirts with whistles hung around their necks, at the Democracy Monument, which is just a short distance away from Sanam Luang.  

The entire Ratchadamnoen Avenue and its alleys were jam-packed with a sea of yellow – the symbolic colour of the King – a crowd estimated at several tens of thousands.

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