“Shoot the people of Myanmar wherever you see them,” a Thai resident announced on YouTube. Reuters reported on Thursday that the outbreak of coronary heart disease among workers from Myanmar has sparked outrage among Thais.
Corona outbreaks were first identified in Thailand at a seafood market in Bangkok. Most of the workers in that market are migrants from Myanmar. After the publication of the issue, hate speech against the migrant workers started spreading on social media.
Sampong Srakayu, an employee of the Labor Protection Network, an organization that supports migrants, said the anger had reached a point where people from Myanmar were not being allowed to use public transport, nor were they allowed to enter the office.
One of the hate speeches spread is that migrant workers should be kept untreated. In addition, those who brought them should be severely punished.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan Oocha himself said this week that illegal immigrants were responsible for the corona infection in Thailand. The Corona situation has been brought under control.
An organization called Social Media Monitoring for Peace Group said it had found thousands of such hateful comments on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Saizai Liangjunsakul, a member of the group, said: “The hateful language used in these comments incites discrimination and nationalism. We are concerned that this intolerance online will lead to further discrimination and may lead to actual violence. ”