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 approves bail request of four protest movement leaders

A court in Thailand granted bail on Wednesday to four leaders of an anti-government protest movement, their lawyer said, after more than a month in pre-trial detention over unrest at recent demonstrations against the prime minister. The student-led rallies have gathered steam since late June, when the movement that sought army-backed premier Prayuth Chan-ocha’s removal… Read More Thai court approves bail request of four protest movement leaders

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 PM Prayuth Chan-ocha survives parliament no-confidence vote

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday after a four-day censure debate, with protests calling for his ouster set to resume. “The vote shows that there is confidence,” said Chuan Leekpai, president of the National Assembly, announcing the result, which had been widely expected. Opposition lawmakers… Read More Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha survives parliament no-confidence vote

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 government files defamatory complaint against opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over vaccine criticism

Thailand’s government on Wednesday filed a criminal complaint of defaming the monarchy against banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, after he criticised its COVID-19 vaccine strategy. The move could mark the highest-profile lese majeste case since a wave of anti-government protests emerged last year and extended to criticism of King Maha Vajiralongkorn over accusations of meddling… Read More Thai government files defamatory complaint against opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit over vaccine criticism

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

Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha threatens to use all possible laws against protesters

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha threatened on Thursday to use all laws possible against protesters, as demonstrations escalate for his removal and for reforms to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Activists voiced concern that this could mean the resumption of prosecutions under some of the world’s harshest royal insult laws. “Prayuth has declared… Read More Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha threatens to use all possible laws against protesters