Thai protesters critical of monarchy to stage largest event yet

Asia Pacific Sep 18, 2020

Thai protesters critical of monarchy to stage largest event yet

Thai protest leaders are planning the biggest gathering since the 2014 military coup, as they seek to build momentum in monthslong demonstrations for greater democracy and reform of the country’s powerful monarchy. As many as 100,000 protesters are expected at Thammasat University campus in Bangkok ...

'I had to do it': Student leader defies Thailand's royal taboo

Asia Pacific | FOCUS Aug 29, 2020

'I had to do it': Student leader defies Thailand's royal taboo

When university student "Rung" calmly read out 10 demands to reform Thailand's monarchy before thousands of protesters at a pro-democracy rally this month, she defied the country's biggest political taboo. Backed by an arch-royalist military and shielded by draconian royal defamation laws, the superrich monarchy ...

Thai police seek protesters who urged change to monarchy

Asia Pacific Aug 19, 2020

Thai police seek protesters who urged change to monarchy

Thai authorities have issued arrest warrants for six activists who took part in a demonstration at which students issued a 10-point call for reform of the monarchy last week, police said on Wednesday as students called more protests. The charges against the six were not ...

Thai king creates boot camp-style 'unity' courses

Asia Pacific Nov 1, 2019

Thai king creates boot camp-style 'unity' courses

by Panu Wongcha-Um

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 ...

Asia Pacific Nov 4, 2016

Thai crown prince will ascend throne Dec. 1, palace official says

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will ascend Thailand's throne on Dec. 1, following the death of his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a senior palace official said Thursday. The official said preparations for his ascension are ongoing. The crown prince is currently in Germany and will return home ...

Thailand 'making preparations' for Dec. 1 succession

Asia Pacific Oct 31, 2016

Thailand 'making preparations' for Dec. 1 succession

Thailand is making preparations for Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne Dec. 1, two senior military sources with knowledge of the matter said. The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct. 13 at the age of 88 has plunged the Southeast Asian nation ...