Anti-Monarchy Protests In Thailand Call For Curbs On King’s Powers

While anti-government protests are not uncommon, demonstrations against the monarchy are extremely rare in Thailand.

Sohil Nikam

August 11, 2020

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Student leaders in Thailand conveyed an unprecedented challenge to the country’s monarchy by strongly criticizing the king and demanding changes to what they believe is non-democratic rule. At least 3,000 students had gathered on Monday evening at the Thammasat University in the latest and biggest in a series of rallies calling for the military-aligned government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down. However, the protests took a big turn when a student went on stage and read out the 1932 proclamation that had ended the absolute monarchy in Thailand.

The student protestors also delivered a three-finger salute, which is a symbol of freedom taken from the Hunger Games films trilogy. While anti-government protests are not uncommon, demonstrations against the monarchy are extremely rare in Thailand. That’s mostly because such acts are punishable by law. Insulting or defaming the monarchy in Thailand is a criminal offence and complaints can be filed against any citizen.

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