The royal anthem music video, which featured the scene of a million Thais singing outside the Grand Palace on Oct. 22, was shown on television for the first time this morning.
Directed by renowned filmmaker Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol, the nine-minute music video shows mourners in black singing in unity. Some of them are seen carrying a portrait of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej above their heads as a sign of respect.
Starting today, the video will be aired on television daily following a routine broadcast of the national anthem at 8am.
Before the song starts, the video begins with the speech by late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Dec. 31, 1976 — the year that Thailand mourned the deaths of student protesters who were killed by the military forces in the “Thammasat University massacre,” for their demonstration against the military dictator Thanom Kittikachorn.
“Although there may be obstacles or challenges along the way, we can overcome them as long as we sincerely cooperate with one another,” the late king said.
“However, we should also understand that the country’s overall situation is not so promising. I strongly wish that all of us could understand and see the reality of the situation in our country.”
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