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Former Thai PM Thaksin indicted for insulting monarchy

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By Panu Wongcha-um

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One interesting thing about this article is that it does not explain what Thaksin's comments were that constituted the alleged insult.

That is because even by merely reporting the words used the writer of the article could himself be charged with the same criminal offence under Thai law.

And be careful about discussing it in the comments too, Thailand applies this law extraterritorially against non-Thai nationals as well. If I, having no connection to Thailand whatsoever, sitting here at my computer in Japan were to write anything even remotely insulting, I could face arrest for it if I were to ever set foot in Thailand.

Its a truly draconian law.

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A typical evening in my local pub would probably merit about a hundred years of jail time for all the people criticising the British royal family.

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my local pub would merit a hundred years of jail time...

that's why harry and meghan got the heck outta there!!

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More here: https://thai.news/news/thailand/thaksin-shinawatra-granted-bail-in-high-profile-lese-majeste-and-computer-crimes-case

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And be careful about discussing it in the comments too, Thailand applies this law extraterritorially against non-Thai nationals as well. If I, having no connection to Thailand whatsoever, sitting here at my computer in Japan were to write anything even remotely insulting, I could face arrest for it if I were to ever set foot in Thailand.

And the Thai King can go play tiddly-winks with Father Christmas. Utterly ridiculous state of affairs in the 21st Century. Kick them all out; all monarchs, everywhere; and let them fend for their high-and-mighty selves.

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Complaining about leaders needs to be protected political speech, world-wide. In 2020 and later, this Thai law is just crazy.

Nobody is perfect even if they are a great leader or even just a figurehead. If nobody can complain, how will those people know when they mess up?

For the most part, in my visits to Thailand, it seems that the Thai people really to like their King and royalty, but it is impossible to truly know how anyone feels, since it is a crime to say what you may really think if it is negative. That's just crazy.

Look at other country leaders where speaking about the leaders can get you disappeared. China, Russia, NK, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nicaragua, Venezuela ... notice a pattern? Thailand is on the edge, for now.

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aaronagstringJune 18 08:50 pm JST

Kick them all out; all monarchs, everywhere; and let them fend for their high-and-mighty selves.

They can be kept around to be petted and laughed at but this lese majeste business is Thailand's disgrace.

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