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Black ribbons emerge as alternative way to mourn King Bhumibol

The government on Sunday announced that wearing a small black ribbon is an acceptable way to mourn His Majesty the Late King in lieu of black clothing.

black-ribbonsThe announcement followed reports of hardline mourners harassing those not wearing black to show respect for King Bhumibol, who died at 88 on Thursday, launching the Kingdom into a year of national mourning. The authorities also said they’re looking into complaints of price-gouging that supposedly prevented many from affording black apparel.

“Many people may not be able to find black or white [another mourning color] outfits, which could be because of a shortage in the market or their economic disadvantage,” government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday. “Please look at the intentions of those who join together to express their sorrows.”

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