Thailand police charge protestors with law against defaming the monarchy

The Thailand police has charged 12 pro-democracy protestors with strict laws against defaming the monarchy. Police have issued summonses for 12 protest leaders to answer charges of lese majeste, defaming or insulting key members of the royal family. The offense is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.  

One of the 12 protest leaders, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, posted his response to the summons on Twitter on saying: “I am not afraid anymore. The ceiling (of our demands) is destroyed. Nobody can stop us now.” 

In Thailand, protests have been ongoing since early 2020. Beginning first as demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, it has since included the unprecedented demands for reform of the Thai monarcy. 

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