Thai king's praise for defiant loyalist draws controversy
Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn's praise for a man who held up a royal portrait at a protest site in Bangkok has drawn controversy in Thailand , winning acclaim from monarchists and scorn from protesters.
4 Min ReadBANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s praise for a man who held up a royal portrait at a protest site in Bangkok has drawn controversy in Thailand, winning acclaim from monarchists and scorn from protesters.Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida greet their royalists as they leave a religious ceremony to commemorate the death of King Chulalongkorn, known as King Rama V, at The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
The king has not made any public comment on more than three months of protests, which have increasingly targeted the monarchy as well as the government.But in video recorded on Friday evening as the king greeted well-wishers outside the Grand Palace, he is heard praising a monarchist who is introduced by Queen Suthida as the man who held up the royal portrait while others were protesting.
“Very brave, very brave, very good, thank you,” the king said.The Royal Palace made no comment, as it has not since the start of anti-government protests in July that have increasingly targeted the monarchy as well. Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri declined to comment.
The video was posted on the royalist’s Facebook page along with several other videos of the event and pictures of him from Oct. 20 holding the portrait.“Their majesties recognised me. This is the highest point of my life,” wrote the man, Thitiwat Tanagaroon.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the video. Several other people at the event recorded the encounter and posted videos online, but the king’s words were not clear amid the chanting.The king’s comments drew a big response.
“Just seeing this picture, we are very touched,” royalist leader Warong Dechgitvigrom posted. “This is the Thai way and Thai society of caring, supporting and protecting. Today it’s considered that his institution has adapted to be very close to the people. That made the greatest impression.”
But also among the top trending hashtags on Twitter in Thailand, tweeted well over 500,000 times, was #23OctEyesOpened - used by protesters and their supporters saying the Palace had now made its position clear.The hashtag #VeryBraveVeryGoodThankYou was also widely used - alongside sarcastic comments.
“Very brave, very brave, very good for such a clear expression,” read a comment from protest leader Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree. He has put less emphasis than others on calls for royal reform.Another protest leader, Piyarat Chongthep, commented: “The king has not been above political problems but always sits at the heart of the problems.”
Protesters seek the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader they accuse of engineering an election last year to keep power. He denies the accusation.The protests also seek changes to the constitution and to reduce the powers of the monarchy, which they say has helped enable decades of military domination.
Under Thailand’s constitution, the monarchy is “enthroned in a position of revered worship” but in principle it does not engage in politics - a point that the king himself underlined during elections last year.James Buchanan, a lecturer at Bangkok’s Mahidol University International College, said the king’s comments marked his clearest intervention so far in Thailand’s crisis.
“I interpret it as signalling that the king acknowledges the challenge to his authority by the protests, but will not back down,” he said.Additional reporting by Panu Wongcha-Um; Writing by Matthew Tostevin Read more: Reuters Top News »
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This king is really douchebag. กล้ามาก เก่งมาก ขอบใจมาก Monarchs are scum. We Need Real Democracy.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am Thai and i love all Kings, Royal made the good things for Thai people.Everyone can think and believe but we will not interfere with each other. Sometime i wondered why those politicians we elected did not take actions before thing go bad yet they have time to bail people out of jail. King cannot intervene with management of the country. Politicians are the people we elected to work for us to run the country for us.
royal pain × loyal bane = why we standwithThailand ✨。 johnwinyu มาเฟียชัด We support the dismantle of this so called kingship and queenship it has to end, it's sad one family enjoying taxpayers, nonsense What a prick of a king He really should live in Germany forever and abdicate He hates being king except for the money
The monarchy has no practical purpose in modern society other than unite an otherwise divided nation. If it fails to do that very basic job, it doesn’t need to exist. What kind of controversy do you mean? Why do many news agencies raise this topic today and use quite similar sentence? Please keep your standard as you used to be even wealth is first priority during this time. อนุชนรักชาติศาสตร์กษัตริย์ SaveTheKing ในหลวงสู้สู้
Pointless corrupt parasites like all Roysl Families “[They] recognised me. This is the highest point of my life,” wrote the man, Thitiwat Tanagaroon. LowLife What wars has this guy been in Look at those medals! We still need to discuss this. The Thai king is above all laws in the country. Which most Thai people do not want like that It makes our country not develop at all.
johnwinyu 20 mother sumotim The truth is the king + queen support just one side( hyper royalist who support military government) civil war has begun. Watch out !!!!!! We will see lesmiserables in Bangkok for sure ปล่อยเพื่อนเรา PR Monarchy 穿上衣服都认不出来了 65 million Thai people will stand beside the Monarchy
Honoring the Thai King of the Loyal People. การยกย่องพระมหากษัตริย์ไทยของประชาชนผู้ภักดี After the King's words to the Monarchy Protectors, obviously what he chose. And he already is so popular....not really. johnwinyu The 'king' was away from his country enjoying his good life with a bunch of women in Germany. Now he craves more power & money despite suffering of his people. What is the significance of a 'king' for a country & the people?
monkey in the middle of a war disturbing others for some banana this breed looks like a food grinder, vegetates and causes diseases, they are the plague itself. if the law is the jungle, there is no one better to say than me here in Brazil Fake This gay just doesn’t come to social networks to do shit because he has a lot of money, because maybe he wanted to be here in the middle of Brazilians giving a hunch
so sad in thailand. 1000M $ Useless. Very disgusting 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 his mouth and tongue almost pronounce that God is Brazilian, and his hand holding the Brazilian's penis Crap Family tree of Thai monarchs - if this shit, without any connection, is king, then I am god, this shit has to be considered an exotic animal, and that represents risk for everyone, their customs beliefs, have a negative effect on society, turning the head of women
Worthless persons. He heard people song, johnwinyu Soon, Thailand will be like Germany 1930's. German had Brownshirt (SA), Thailand has Yellowshirt. 👎 When is Thai king returning to Thai? Looks like his days are numbered johnwinyu กล้ามาก เก่งมาก ขอบใจ johnwinyu Controversy? It is extremely very very obvious that he know what is happening in his country and he has already chosen what to do.
Go back Germany! Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn should have gave order to round up all the anti-Thailand foreign inspired traitors. johnwinyu Disgusting Under Thailand’s constitution, the monarchy is “enthroned in a position of revered worship” but in principle, it does not engage in politics - a point that the king himself underlined during elections last year.
johnwinyu กล้ามาก เก่งมาก ขอบใจมาก Gente, por favor, não aguento mais esse desemprego, agora inventei de vender música, por favor, me ajuda ai. Se gostar, deixa um like e se inscreve no canal. Dá RT pra me ajudar a espalhar! Deus abençoe! Lol funny johnwinyu Lord of darkness Hello darkness, my old friend...
Şöyle bir KRAL olamadık fakir ömrümüzde :) is it weird that he's praising monarchists as a... monarch? Who is he supposed to praise? 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
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