onsdag 19. august 2020

Thailand issues arrest warrants for monarchy reform activists

Thai authorities have issued arrest warrants for six activists who took part in a demonstration at which students called for reform of the country’s powerful monarchy, police have confirmed. At a rally attended by thousands last week, students risked lengthy jail sentences by reading a 10-point manifesto for reforming the monarchy, including a proposal to scrap strict laws that ban criticism of the king. Such comments were, until recently, highly unusual, and shocked many in the country.

The charges against the six protesters do not relate to their demands, but are for allegedly breaching internal security and coronavirus measures that have banned public gatherings, as well as computer crimes. Three of those targeted have already been arrested once and bailed over recent protests.