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Thai social media turns pink, yellow as users show love for King Bhumibol

BANGKOK: Crowds have continued to gather outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok where King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has been treated for various health problems for months.

They are praying for his recovery and showing him their love and support. Many people have been sitting on the ground and saying prayers since the early hours of the morning.

Those who cannot make it to the hospital have opted to use social media to express their love for the ailing king.

Many Facebook users have changed their profile photo to feature a message with their name followed by "Love the King" and "Long live the King". The message is written in Thai on a pink background and includes a yellow heart, where the word "love" is placed.

Yellow has long been associated with King Bhumibol and his birthday, and is used by many Thais to show their respect for the monarch.

Besides the message, information about praying activities elsewhere is being widely shared on social media, as are old and rare photos of King Bhumibol, from his childhood to his coronation, various trips to the provinces and foreign countries, and other activities he has carried out during his reign.

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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