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A lèse-majesté complaint has been officially filed against Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, one of the leaders of the Ratsadon ‘People’s Movement’. She was the first to read the, now infamous, 10 point manifesto at the Thammasat University in April, and then in a more public forum at a Democracy Monument protest in early August.

Nitipong Hornak, a songwriter and judge on Thailand’s Got Talent. He’s also a founder and major shareholder of GMM Grammy Entertainment, is behind the complaint. It was presented to the police Technology Crime Suppression Division on Friday afternoon.

Ms Panusaya has been present and active in almost all of the main protests, and been arrested twice. She is currently out on bail.

It hasn’t been disclosed which incident Mr Nitipong has cited in his official complaint. But Ms Panusaya was the first person to publicly read out the 10-point manifesto of a Thammasat University group calling for reform of the monarchy at the university in April.

The prime minister threatened protesters with “the full force of the law, including the lèse-majesté law – Section 112 of the Criminal Code. Back in June, the PM announced that HM the King had expressed his desire for the Government not to use the law against the Thai people.

“His Majesty the King does not want to use Thailand’s strict lèse-majesté laws, which make it a crime to insult or criticise the royal family, but Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says people should still be careful what they say about the Thai monarchy.”

The Thai Government has routinely used the newer Computer Crimes Act, and the national security law for charges such as sedition, which carries jail terms up to seven years. Up until August this year any criticism or commentary about the Thai monarchy were extremely unusual, if not taboo in polite Thai society. The current round of protests are unique in their open discussion, and criticism, of the Thai Monarchy. They are demanding that the role of the Thai Monarch be covered under a revised Thai constitution.

 

 

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    Ian MacDonnell

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Mr Nitipong is an very brave soul. I think that most music is bought by the younger generation. Sems a big risk for someone in his position to take unless there is a big reward for doing so.

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    LASThai

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:37 am

    ?
    I thought both Rama9 and Rama10 were against this law?

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      Fesmisol Yasmitacion

      Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      The kings actually requested the Royal Thai Government to limit the use of the lese majeste law

      Postscript: lese majeste law duplicates standard libel/slander law

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    Issan John

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Hmmm … surely if “His Majesty the King does not want to use Thailand’s strict lèse-majesté laws, which make it a crime to insult or criticise the royal family” then anyone using them is, by definition, themselves committing lèse-majesté?

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      Fesmisol Yasmitacion

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Yes. Paradoxical.

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    James Pate

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Well, the kids won’t be digging on Khun Nitipong’s music for awhile. Oh, that’s right; they will forget in a week!

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    Steve

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    When will the junta leaders be charged with sedition which is conspiring to overthrow or destroy by force the government of Thailand and treason for overthrowing the government and impairing the well-being of a state to which one owes allegiance?! These are far more heinous crimes that those that were thoughtlessly enacted by the junta.

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