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16 year old Thai may be jailed in alleged lèse-majesté case

Neill Fronde

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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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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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