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Protest lead­ers charged

- Corruption · Crime · Society · Politics · Vajiralongkorn

Thai au­thor­i­ties have es­ca­lated their le­gal bat­tle against the stu­dents lead­ing prodemoc­racy protests, charg­ing 12 of them with vi­o­lat­ing a harsh lawa­gainst de­fam­ing the monar­chy. The stu­dentswant Prime Min­is­ter Prayuth Chan-ocha and his gov­ern­ment to step down, the Thai con­sti­tu­tion amended to make it more demo­cratic, and the monar­chy re­formed to make it more ac­count­able. The charges are pun­ish­able by up to 15 years in prison. The lawhas not been em­ployed for three years, af­ter King Maha Va­ji­ra­longkorn in­formed the gov­ern­ment that he did not wish to see its use. The king has not pub­licly com­mented on the lawsince then.

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