Thai police arrest rappers, activists over protests

Thai police said on Thursday they had arrested eight more activists, including two popular rappers, in a crackdown after more than a month of protests against the military-backed government that have also challenged the powerful monarchy. The eight arrested overnight and on Thursday are charged with breaching internal security laws over a July 18 protest… Read More Thai police arrest rappers, activists over protests

Thai police issue arrest warrants for activists over reform demands

Thai authorities have issued arrest warrants for six activists who took part in a demonstration at which students issued a 10-point call for reform of the monarchy last week, police said on Wednesday as students called more protests. The charges against the six were not over the demands made at the protest by thousands of… Read More Thai police issue arrest warrants for activists over reform demands

Thousands protest demanding new elections, government in Thailand

More than 10,000 Thai protesters chanting “down with dictatorship” and “the country belongs to the people” rallied in Bangkok on Sunday in by far the biggest anti-government demonstration since a 2014 coup. There were cheers for student calls to curb the monarchy’s powers – once a taboo subject – as well as demands for the… Read More Thousands protest demanding new elections, government in Thailand

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn completes rituals in first day of coronation

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Saturday completed Buddhist and Brahmin rituals to symbolically transform him into a living god as the Southeast Asian nation crowned its first monarch in nearly seven decades. The coronation of King Vajiralongkorn took place inside the Grand Palace throne hall in Bangkok after a period of official mourning for his… Read More Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn completes rituals in first day of coronation

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn announces consort queen before coronation

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn announced on Wednesday that he had married his consort, General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, and named her Queen Suthida. The announcement, carried in the Royal Gazette, came just before the official coronation of the king on May 4-6. Vajiralongkorn, also known by the title King Rama X, became constitutional monarch after the death… Read More Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn announces consort queen before coronation

Thailand to hold official coronation ceremonies for new king in early May

Thailand’s king will be officially crowned in elaborate ceremonies on May 4-6 as the latest ruler in the centuries-old monarchy, the royal palace said on Tuesday. 66-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been serving since shortly after his father died in 2016 following a 70-year reign. “His Majesty deems it fit to hold the coronation ceremony… Read More Thailand to hold official coronation ceremonies for new king in early May

Thai new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn to take control of royal agencies

Thailand’s parliament has agreed in a confidential session to transfer control of royal agencies from the government to new King Maha Vajiralongkorn, members of the military-appointed legislature said on Friday. The decision came on Thursday in a sitting that was not broadcast in public, they said. It is another step in giving greater say to… Read More Thai new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn to take control of royal agencies