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The photograph that caused the fury: Thai nurses pose on Facebook

Fury Follows V Sign Photo Taken With Body of Dead Thailand Hero

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
PHUKET: Three nurses have apologised for giving the ubiquitous ''V'' sign for a photograph that was taken during a post mortem examination and posted on Facebook. The body being examined belonged to Police Sub-Lieutenant Nimit Deewong, a bomb disposal expert many considered a hero, who died in Thailand's deep south with two others in a blast on Monday night. Such is the public fury over the photograph being taken that the apology is not likely to be enough. The Director of Narathiwat Hospital said today a full investigation is being undertaken.

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It's disgraceful to see something like this. The man worked in a very dangerous area and gave his life for the country.

R I P Nimit Deevong and my condolences to the family.

Posted by Nicky on October 30, 2013 19:21

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I've noticed the last year or so that asians have this fixation for giving the V sign in photos. At least they didn't do the stupid stick the tongue way out which they also seem to enjoy doing.

Posted by MadMike on October 30, 2013 20:07

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Isn't Miley Cyrus an American? Surely all of us, no matter what background, can stick our tongues out in photos, without it being branded as something to do with race?

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thoughtless & inappropriate no consideration for family friends & the public total lack of respect for the deceased total lack of professionalism on their behalf its a autopsy not a circus for face book a little solemnity and respect thank you.

Posted by slickmelb on October 31, 2013 01:22

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I don't about the tounge thing but my wife and I both noticed the V sign being given in just about every photo pose by Asian girls in particular on our last trip to Bangkok. I don't find it offensive at all but any sort of photo's being taken in this particular environment shows a lack of respect for the deceased and is extremely inappropriate.

Posted by pozz59 on October 31, 2013 06:19

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The 'V' sign in all too many photographs, regardless of nationality, stands for 'vacuous' doesn't it?

Posted by Kaen Phet on October 31, 2013 13:57


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