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Bangkok’s Lumpini Park was crowded with royalists yesterday afternoon after gathering to show their support and respect for the institution of the Thai Monarchy. The gathering is in response to a series of pro-democracy protests over the past 2 weeks, specifically, and the the last 3 months more generally, calling on government reform and questioning the role of His Majesty the King’s political activities during his time in Germany.

Royalists massed to show their respect for the Thai Monarchy, all dressed in yellow, the colour that symbolises the royal institution. Some held photos of the royal family including Rama IX and Rama X. They shouted “We love the King. Long Live the King.”

The royalists also called on pro-democracy protesters to stop making remarks, they say, are offensive to the Thai Monarchy. Last month, pro-government leader Tul Sithisomwang filed police complaints against 3 pro-reform leaders for allegedly violating Thailand’s lèse majesté law, which prohibits insults or comments that defame the Thai Monarchy.

A smaller group of royalists gathered in the morning outside the United States Embassy in Bangkok and called on the American government to end a so-called hybrid war, accusing them of “interfering” with Thai politics and internal affairs.

The royalists also plan to rally outside the French Embassy and the Japanese Embassy, countries they say are also subverting the Thai Monarchy, without any specific evidence.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Toby Andrews

    October 28, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Thais cannot bully foreign countries as they do Thai citizens.
    Free speech is allowed outside of Thailand in most countries.
    I see many are holding pictures of the old king, not the new king.
    Why is that?

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      adam

      October 29, 2020 at 7:13 am

      What free speech? You cannot even make a chess channel on youtube as they will ban you for saying black and white. There is no free speech anymore in hypocrytical europe and usa…

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    gosport

    October 28, 2020 at 10:36 am

    This is the culmination of a peaceful protest. No Nike umbrella, no Adidas helmet, no Samsung flashing mobile. They deserve our respect

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      Lex

      October 28, 2020 at 11:19 pm

      Since when was self protection considered counter-peaceful?
      Explain the resent slap-frenzy assaults by royalists then?

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      James Pate

      October 29, 2020 at 6:37 am

      They deserve wariness, not respect. They are a ticking time bomb, many of them paid a small fee and free lunch to show up.

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    Mark

    October 28, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    No more than 400-500. I was nearby

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    Red Roger

    October 29, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Ah the reincarnation of those cuddly PDRC yellow shirts.
    Remember them?
    Yes that’s right, the mob that closed down Thailand in 2008 with their takeover of airports and ransacking of Government House because they didn’t like….erm….democracy.
    Or maybe this is the same mob that followed Suthep around Bangkok armed to the teeth threatening any Thai who tried to vote. All this because these useful idiots of the Bangkok elite didn’t like democracy in action.
    Ironically this yellow shirt mob, after they were evicted from Lumpini Park, left behind a cache of weaponry and ammo.
    Be very wary of these “Patriots”.

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    Leon

    October 29, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I was wondering about their claim stating that America is guilty of meddling. Where did it come from? Why do they believe this? What basis do they have for this belief? It seems like fantasy to me. I could however be wrong, but I would love to see some evidence first and then I’d be happy to accept their stance that they are taking.

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      Pitt

      October 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      I put a comment with a link that explains where these accusations come from, but the comment was not accepted.

      Facebook, Twitter and the western media in general, censor this kind of information but they support a so-called “pro-democratic” protest.

      Democracy is not for everyone 😉 …

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        October 29, 2020 at 6:08 pm

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    Frank

    October 31, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Delusional wankers.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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