Thousands protest demanding royal reforms in Thailand

Thousands of Thais took to the streets of the capital on Sunday demanding reforms of the monarchy, defying a court ruling that such demands are a veiled attempt to overthrow the institution. Youth-led protests that began last year by calling for the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, 66, a former coup leader, have become… Read More Thousands protest demanding royal reforms in Thailand

Thai court rejects bail request of activists detained over alleged royal insults

A court in Thailand on Thursday denied bail for seven detained activists accused of insulting the king, two of whom have deteriorating health from more than a month of hunger strikes, their lawyer said, prompting concern from right groups. Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Panusaya “Roong” Sithijirawattanakul and five others are in pre-trial detention for violating Thailand’s… Read More Thai court rejects bail request of activists detained over alleged royal insults

Thai royalist group launch political party to protect monarchy

An ultra royalist group in Thailand launched a new political party on Wednesday to defend King Maha Vajiralongkorn, amid unprecedented calls for reform of the monarchy by a youth-led protest movement. The “Thai Pakdee” (Loyal Thai) party is an offshoot of a royalist group of the same name formed last August to counter street demonstrations… Read More Thai royalist group launch political party to protect monarchy

Thai students stage dinosaur-themed protest against government, monarchy

With a parade of people dressed in dinosaur costumes to represent Thailand’s establishment, high school students led a protest by thousands of people in Bangkok on Saturday with calls to bring down the government and reform the monarchy. It was the first major protest since Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday that police would… Read More Thai students stage dinosaur-themed protest against government, monarchy

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn calls for unity amid anti-government protests

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn told well-wishers of the importance of unity as he marked the opening of a new railway line on Saturday, after thousands of protesters had turned their backs on his motorcade as it passed through central Bangkok. Around 2,500 demonstrators had gathered at the capital’s Democracy Monument in the latest of months… Read More Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn calls for unity amid anti-government protests

Thousands protest in Thailand demanding resignation of PM Prayuth Chan-ocha

Thousands of people protested in Bangkok on Saturday in the latest in months of anti-government demonstrations that have also called for reforms to Thailand’s powerful monarchy. A few kilometres away, thousands of royalists gathered in yellow shirts and waved Thai flags as they waited to greet King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who was expected to attend a… Read More Thousands protest in Thailand demanding resignation of PM Prayuth Chan-ocha

Thai royalists hold rally to support monarchy amid reform demands

About 1,200 Thai royalists gathered on Sunday to support the monarchy after almost daily student-led, anti-government protests calling for change, with some seeking reforms of the powerful institution. Waving national flags and holding pictures of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the group of mostly older people, called “Thai Pakdee” (Loyal Thai) many in yellow and some in… Read More Thai royalists hold rally to support monarchy amid reform demands