8 Face­book users in­dicted for mock­ing junta leader

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

Photo: AFP

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.

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