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Thai activist joins protest following sedition charges

Thai activist joins protest following sedition charges

9/8/2020 6:57:00 PM

Thai activist joins protest following sedition charges

A Thai activist took aim at the government for 'threatening' the pro-democracy movement at a protest Sunday -- a day after his bail release on ...

Analysts say the 2017 military-scripted charter tipped the scales of last year's election in favour of former army chief Prayut and his party.Protesters regard his administration - stacked with ex-generals and elite establishment allies - as a legacy of a royalist military regime.

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"We call for this charter to be amended because it is the inheritance of dictators," said Anon.His speech avoided the discussion of reforming the kingdom's draconian royal defamation laws, which protects the monarchy from criticism.The law carries a sentence of up to 15 years per charge, making open scrutiny of the super-rich King Maha Vajiralongkorn virtually impossible.

No charges have so far been filed under the law against the protesters.Another anti-government protest expected on Sunday in Phitsanulok province was cancelled, according to its organiser on Facebook, who announced it under the hashtag"stop threatening people". headtopics.com

Protesters say their nascent pro-democracy movement has been organised organically, with young leaders taking to social media to promote the flashmobs.The coronavirus pandemic has sent Thailand's economy into freefall, sharpening the discontent of young Thais as the downturn laid bare the equalities of a society perceived to favour the elite, pro-military establishment.

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