Filipinos urged to shun red, yellow Thai items

January 11, 2014 - 7:11:13 am

Catholics take part in the grand procession of the image of Jesus of the Black Nazarene in the Quiapo Church in Manila yesterday. The wooden Black Nazarene, carved in Mexico, was brought to Manila in the early 17th century.

MANILA: Filipinos travelling to Thailand have been told to shun red or yellow items to avoid being caught up in the political unrest there, the Philippine embassy in Bangkok said.

“Participating and/or showing support in any form to any of the parties is strongly discouraged,” the mission said in a travel advisory on its website.

“For (your) information, the red and yellow colours are closely identified with some of the parties involved,” it said in a note directed at Filipino travellers as well as residents there and other parts of Thailand.

The protests are aimed at overthrowing Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, and her government.

Thaksin’s overthrow in 2006 by generals loyal to the king ushered in years of political turmoil and rival street protests by the royalist “Yellow Shirts” and Thaksin’s supporters, known as the “Red Shirts”.

Yellow and red are also popular colours in the Philippines, associated with religious festivals in the Catholic country. And just like in Thailand, the hues are rich in historical and political symbolism.

Yellow is the signature colour of supporters of Philippine President Benigno Aquino and his late mother Corazon Aquino.

AFP

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