Several hundred people demonstrated this Saturday in Bangkok (Thailand) to protest against the lese majesté law and to demand the release of imprisoned pro-democracy activists.
Launched in July 2020, the movement calls for the departure of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha and the abolition of the constitution inspired by the military. Protesters are calling for the removal of the King’s Defamation Act, an offense punishable by 15 years in prison. It is in particular under this law that leaders of the pro-democracy movement have been indicted.
Thailand: new demonstrations in Bangkok against the lèse majesté law https://t.co/6AWLlLL6LS
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Events since 2020
This Saturday, the demonstrators chanted “Prayut, go away!” “And” We must abolish (article) 112 “- the article of the Penal Code on the crime of lese majesté. When they arrived in court, some demonstrators piled up rubbish and set it on fire under a portrait of the king. Others held up portraits of pro-democracy activists imprisoned for lese majesty.
A dozen protesters were eventually arrested. Tens of thousands of people took part in demonstrations against the government of former army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha in 2020 in Bangkok. Many of them also demanded a reform of the monarchy, despite the very heavy penalties incurred by those who criticize it.