Son of a billionaire, Tanat "Nat" Thanakitamnuay switched sides in part because of a pandemic response that resulted in deaths and economic hardship.
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Human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa, one of those charged, says he has no regrets and vows the prosecutions won't crush the country's anti-government movement.
Karen rebels and the Myanmar army have clashed near the Thai border in the weeks, displacing villagers in both nations.
The summit's concluding "consensus statement" stretch the bounds of ASEAN's longstanding principle of noninterference in members' internal affairs.
Many Thais have questioned why the queen was on that road at that time, and have challenged the severity of the government's reaction.
Street protesters have not previously sought changes to the monarchy, which the constitution says must be held "in a position of revered worship."
Certain historical statues have been disappearing in Thailand, but they are not effigies of colonialists or slave owners torn down by protesters.
Thousands of civil servants, police and teachers are being sent to a military camp in Thailand for intensive training in community service and loyalty to the monarchy, according to the royal palace and interviews with trainees and organizers. The program, established last year, highlights the ...
Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha is known for losing his temper in public, but recently he has displayed a softer side amid speculation he may run for office in the first elections since the army seized power in 2014. The general-turned-prime minister has appeared on ...
The last time most Thais saw politician Suthep Thaugsuban was in 2015 when he entered the Buddhist monkhood and announced his retirement after spearheading protests that culminated in a military coup against a government he detested. The military, after taking power, clamped a tight lid ...