8 Facebook users indicted for mocking junta leader
A Thai military tribunal indicted eight people with sedition for running a Facebook page that mocked the kingdom’s junta chief, making them the latest victims of the regime’s crackdown on dissent. Thailand’s generals have clamped down on politics and severely curbed free expression since their 2014 power grab. The eight Facebook users were arrested in April. They now face up to seven years in jail for running a page that featured memes and doctored photos of junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha – the former army chief who seized power two years ago. They have been charged with sedition and violating the kingdom’s computer crime act.
Mourners wait for a boat to transport the body of a relative through floodwaters to the cremation site of the Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi on August 23.