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A 16 year old Thai teenager may be jailed for alleged defamation against the Thai monarchy at a pro-democracy protest last Wednesday by wearing a crop-top with an anti-monarchy slogan written on his stomach. The teen is being charged under Thailand’s lèse-majesté law, informally called “Section 112”, the section that covers defaming, insulting or threatening members of the Thai royal family, in the criminal code. If convicted, he faces 3 to 15 years in jail.

The teen’s protest is a direct reference to existing photos which are extremely sensitive to the Thai monarchy. The boy should learn if he’ll be formally charged on Monday, when the courts may deny him bail.

While the 16 year old is likely the youngest protester held under lèse-majesté defamation law, the 112 law has been used as a blunt tool by Thai officials as a means of quashing unrest and protests. At least 71 protesters, including 7 key protest leaders, have been accused under these laws since July last yer. In January, a 60 year old woman was handed a record 87 year jail sentence for defamatory social media posts, but was cut in half after a guilty plea.

Thai protesters have been demanding the current government step down, a new election and constitutional change, since last year, but recent protests have gone further, calling for the repeal of the 112 law which protects the Thai monarchy from criticism. Until recently, a demand like this was unthinkable, and authorities have moved swiftly to dampen the defiance. Applying Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws appears to have been an effective deterrent so far, with protest attendance shrinking recently, though Wednesday’s rally attracted between 5,000 – 10,000 people.

SOURCE: VOA

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    Slugger

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 11:28 am

    ‘though Wednesday’s rally attracted between 5,000 – 10,000 people.’

    Be a bit more vague, lets call it 1500 for accuracy shall we?

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    Michael Hunter

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Excerpt

    ” In January, a 60 year old woman was handed a record 87 year jail sentence for defamatory social media posts, but was cut in half after a guilty plea.”

    Very lenient Thai judge cutting the 60 year old lady’s sentence in half to 43 years!

    Her relatives and grandchildren are probably making plans to have party when she gets released at 103 years young.

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    Stardust

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    To bring childrens into the jail shows it is now ruled by criminals and a failed state. Thailand and Myanmar are failed who have the potential now craeting a situation for a big crises not only bring down south east asia also the international comunity and big powers. Thailand and Myanmar even attack now childrens and even shoot kids, pregnant woman and babies. This will bring such a big mess that threatens the whole world. But one is sure if it escalte China, Thailand, Myanmar will have no chance with military against international alliances IUSA, EU, Nato and the quad alliance Australia, India and japan. Only EU have a nuclear military power that have a long time battle experience and technical 50 years in advanced of China and all tech in China any way came from europe mainly Germany. Somebody understand a bit tech just compare a Chinese aircraft carrier and one from europe or USA. The French and german have their navy already in the south China sea including a French nuclear attack submarine. The Junta and China playing with fire now and that can bring big destructiin and they will loose it when they escalate this is with 100% guaranty and everybody who knows about international militarypower knows this fact. Only a big mouth will not help when it escalate and the big powers have no choice anymore. A Navy expert told me they would no more than 70 hours to sunk all Chinese vessels and submarines. China has no navigation, no own gps or space force. Space navigation is over european companies etc etc. Thats why the could do nothing that are the eu forces including nuclear attack submarines are already here. And the junta armies in Thailand and Myanmar can maybe fight against unarmed civilians but not against a real army. By the way a real Soldier would ever shoot unarmed civilians and their own citizens their job is to protect the. These juntas are criminal gangsters and terrorists and that what they showed the world.

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    Ynwaps

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    The slogan was okay but the crop-top hit too close home 🤣
    What a big joke of a country.
    Always has been.

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    The Edge

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    SEE ‘VIMEO’… The Germans make real fun of him…laughing stock of the world!!

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    Andre

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Crop top country. It’s time for the west to start thinking about sanctions.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    “Thailand and Myanmar even attack now childrens and even shoot kids, pregnant woman and babies.”

    Thailand is not Myanmar.

    “Myanmar will have no chance with military against international alliances”

    There is NO prospect whatsoever of any external military involvement in Myanmar, and Myanmar has a large, very experienced and well equipped Army which would be fighting on home soil. Absurd.

    “and the quad alliance Australia, India and japan.”

    That’s three. Japan is a self defence force only, with participation even in UN missions strictly limited to those where a cease-fire has been agreed by all sides.

    “Only EU have a nuclear military power that have a long time battle experience”

    The only country to have any “battle experience” with nuclear weapons is the USA, and that was 75 years ago.

    “The French and german have their navy already in the south China sea including a French nuclear attack submarine”

    The SNA Emeraude on Mission Marianne left the South China Sea last month, going on to Indonesia; this has been widely reported, open source, by the French Defence Ministry.

    ” A Navy expert told me they would no more than 70 hours to sunk all Chinese vessels and submarines.”

    The same “expert” who told you the rest of your military knowledge?

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    Stardust

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    @ issan John you are definetly no expert and only spreading fake news and ccp Propaganda. As well like this comments again all nonsense from you.And yes he is envolved in the exercises and he is a high ranking in a european navy and in Nato and yes i would ask him as a real expert than a paid 50 cent wumao and never was in the navy or have any clue about like you. You sitting in a bar drinking with some bar girls in a village and want to explain the readers of the thaiger whats about the news. You are an complete id….

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    Stardust

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    @ Issan john but you can explain us which title or expertise you have to explain us about german and french navy and Nato. And also which expert knowledge about the south China sea operations? So drinking at stontable at a issan village makes you a super world army expert better than a high ranking navy expert who is inside the south china sea operations and also you it better than experts from the Nato. Dr. Issan Adolf? Sure we will inform us better over than the real insiders. You must be really drunk to think that and read your daily nonsense what is just propaganda and fake news but not about reality.

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A note from a protester on the streets of Yangon: “Dear UN, How are you? I hope you are well. As for Myanmar, we are dying.”

Marking over 700 deaths in the Burmese military crackdown, anti-coup protesters in Myanmar are splashing red paint across the streets of Yangon to represent the blood of those killed in the growing crisis. Myanmar has ground to a halt as the military junta attempt to silence opposition to their February 1 takeover with deadly force. 714 deaths have been verified by local monitoring groups, but they warn the actual number may be much higher.

The economy and daily functioning of the country is immobile, the internet has been cut off to many citizens, even Myanmar’s Thingyan New Year festival, similar to Thailand’s Songkran holiday, has been cancelled. Instead of water fights in the street, protesters explained they used the holiday to draw a parallel, splashing red paint “blood” instead to draw attention to the Burmese deaths at the hands of the military.

“The purpose of the “bleeding strike” is to remember the martyrs who died in the struggle for democracy. We should not be happy during this festival time. We have to feel sadness for the martyrs who are bleeding and we must continue to fight this battle in any way we can.”

Simple but powerful signs and notes were found amongst the blood protest with phrases like, “blood has not dried on the streets,” “overthrow the era of fear,” and “hope our military dictatorship fails.” Perhaps most poignant was a note found on red-painted streets reading, “Dear UN, How are you? I hope you are well. As for Myanmar, we are dying.”

The UN fears that a Syrian-style conflict is around the corner for Myanmar, calling on countries to take immediate steps against the military junta, citing possible crimes against humanity. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet draws the Syria comparison, worried a full-blown Burmese civil war could parallel the Syrian war that has led to 400,000 deaths and 6 million refugees. While some countries have enacted sanctions, infighting has delayed meaningful action with the EU claiming Russia and China are blocking possible UN arms embargos.

Meanwhile, the military added many more people to the list of over 260 people including doctors and celebrities they are seeking to arrest for crimes such as spreading dissent or treating injured protesters. 7 protesters in Yangon, 3 in absentia, were sentenced to death for the alleged murder of a suspected informant.

In the northwest of Myanmar, a milk delivery couple were killed by military storming the town of Tamu. And in the Mandalay region, protesters drove motorbikes with red flags supporting imprisoned leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

SOURCE: Channel News Asia

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$85 to retrieve the dead after bloody Burmese military clash

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PHOTO: Bago was the site of a bloody crackdown yesterday.

Activists say the Burmese military is charging US$85 to families to recover the bodies that security forces killed in last Friday’s violent clash. The city of Bago, just northeast of Yangon, was raided by military forces with 82 people killed according to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a local advocacy group. Since the February 1 coup, the military has been systematically cracking down against peaceful protesters, detaining 3,000 civilians and killing over 700 more.

Eyewitnesses in Bago say the Burmese military used grenades, RPGs, and assault rifles to quell anti-coup protestors, forcing many villagers and activists to flee and go into hiding. Military security forces are going through the neighbourhoods now and have cut off internet access. Burmese forces claimed they were attacked by protestors while removing road barriers, alleging that demonstrators used homemade guns, shields, grenades, arrows and fire bottles.

In the aftermath of the bloody clash, the military charged families 120,000 Burmese Kyat (about $85) to collect the bodies of lost relatives. This was reported by Bago University Students’ Union’s Facebook page as well as Radio Free Asia’s Burmese service.

NGO Human Rights Watch had published a call for the European Union to take action and implement strict sanctions on the Burmese military on Thursday. And yesterday the US Embassy in Myanmar joined the call, posting on Twitter, urging peace.

“We mourn the senseless loss of life in Bago and around the country where regime forces have reportedly used weapons of war against civilians. The regime has the ability to resolve the crisis and needs to start by ending violence and attacks.”

A volunteer doctor who chairs the Red Cross in Bago had been detained by the Burmese military police on April 2, and yesterday a second volunteer doctor was taken after administering free medical aid to protestors, according to his family.

Meanwhile, the military’s commander-in-chief and another spokesman maintain that the Burmese military are peacekeepers, trying to strengthen the democratic system of Myanmar by safeguarding the country and investigating a fraudulent election. They deny that they seized power and blame the violence and death in the country on protestors rioting.

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PHOTO: Demonstration attendance has been falling in the face of Covid-19, coups and crackdowns.

While protesters against the Thai government are continuing as they have for endless months, attendance is lessening in the face of crackdowns, coups and Covid-19. The throngs of 10,000 plus protesters, mostly energetic youth, that waved The Hunger Games 3 finger salute and demanded change in Thailand last summer have thinned to a few thousand or less these days.

The government isn’t in the clear yet though, as the protester’s calls to replace the current government, lessen the power of the Thai monarchy, and draw up a new constitution are still popular ideas. But a number of factors are causing protester size and vigour to wane.

The second wave of Covid in December quickly curbed the daily demonstrations for fear of spreading the virus. After that, the coup in Myanmar on February 1 has brought massive protests with international attention shifting to the growing humanitarian crisis just across the border. On top of the pandemic and the Burmese coup, the Thai government has taken a much more hardline approach to protesters in recent months.

Police began fighting back against mass demonstrations, dispersing crowds with water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets. And after 2 years of leniency, the government has begun prosecuting people under the strict lèse-majesté laws, where offending the monarchy can carry harsh punishment including a jail sentence of up to 15 years.

Anon Nampa, a human-rights lawyer, and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, a student activist, have already been arrested under this law and held without bail. Arrests like these have been demoralising for the pro-democracy movement, and have scared away a lot of Thai protesters. Many have shifted focus to more immediate efforts to demand the release of the detained protest leaders.

Even with the crowds shrinking, the protests have already brought about change, bringing once unspeakable conversations into the national conversation, and keeping pressure on Thailand’s leaders. Opposition is growing, with efforts to push no-confidence votes and amendments to the constitution being constantly proposed and advocated.

SOURCE: The Economist

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