A new TV commercial which attempts to apologize for recent civil unrest in Bangkok has been banned from the airwaves by a Thai government censorship committee.
Titled "Kor Thod Pra Thet Thai," or "Apologize Thailand," the ad features images of a bloody crackdown in Bangkok by the Thai military in May, along with shots of riots and arson attacks, set to a somber rendition of "Auld Lang Syne." Many of the riots were said to have been started by followers of Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister ousted in a 2006 military coup.
"Apologize Thailand," an unseen narrator says. "And if there was anyone who can fix the problems, it would be all Thais. Keep the loss in mind and turn it into our force."
According to reports, the ad was produced by the "Positive Network," a new initiative that features advertising, public relations and media professionals. The Thai censorship committee is believed to have ordered the ban because they felt its imagery and overall message were too extreme.
Watch the banned advertisement (with subtitles) here: