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Maersk in PR damage control as its containers used in protests

PortandTerminal.com, November 25, 2020

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Shipping giant Maersk’s communication team was in damage control mode today.

Images of Maersk shipping containers, stacked together by police to form barricades across the roads in Thailand, were shared widely on social media – prompting the Danish shipping company Maersk to dissociate itself from such measures.

Maersk containers (and others) were used to barricade roads in Thailand by authorities during ongoing protests against the Thai monarchy.
Maersk containers (and others) were used to barricade roads in Thailand by authorities during ongoing protests against the Thai monarchy.

Protesters in Thailand have been demanding reforms be made of Thailand’s monarchy, an institution once considered beyond public criticism, arguing it should be accountable and transparent. They have also demanded wider democratic reforms, including a new constitution.

Thousands of people have gathered in Bangkok to demand the king relinquish control of royal funds worth tens of billions of dollars, despite the Thai authorities escalating their crackdown on protesters by reviving the kingdom’s fierce lese-majesty law. Historically, Thailand’s monarchy has been considered sacrosanct.

While Wednesday’s protest was peaceful, later in the evening loud bangs were heard, and a volunteer protest guard was reportedly injured. At a protest last week, six people were treated for gunshot wounds.

With reporting by The Guardian

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