The summit's concluding "consensus statement" stretch the bounds of ASEAN's longstanding principle of noninterference in members' internal affairs.
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Military ties and fears of a flood of refugees mean Bangkok is unlikely to go further than saying it is 'gravely concerned' over bloodshed in its neighboring country, analysts say.
Protesters say writings and social media posts by the critics, including a Kyoto University professor, have helped to loosen the taboo on questioning the monarchy.
Street protesters have not previously sought changes to the monarchy, which the constitution says must be held "in a position of revered worship."