Thai Activists Face Charges of Insulting King Ahead of Protests

Thai police have summoned 15 prominent pro-democracy demonstrators to face charges under the country’s lese-majesty law.

Thai police have summoned 15 prominent pro-democracy demonstrators to face charges under the country’s lese-majesty law. 

In Thailand’s law, anyone who “defames, insults or threatens the king, queen, heir-apparent or regent” can expect up to 15 years on each charge.

For months, the authorities have struggled to control the student-led protest that began on university campuses and has eventually progressed to streets across the country.

Protesters have demanded that Thailand’s monarchy should be transparent and accountable. 

They have also called for a revision in the constitution and wider democratic reforms.

However, Payuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s prime minister, have announced that all articles and all laws would be used against the protesters. 


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