Bangkok Police and Demonstrators Stand-Off Over Imperial Defamation Law


Protesters have gathered at the October 14 Memorial, on Constitution Day to call for the repeal of Section 112 of the criminal code or the lèse majesté law.

Thai police showed up at the memorial later which agitated protesters, asking them to leave. Police later leave to shouts of demonstrators.

Police also confronted protesters at Thewet Intersection as barricades were put up earlier preventing passage.

There are already 25 people charged under the defamation law, according to protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, the largest number accused in three years.

The law punishes anyone who defames the monarchy to a prison sentence of up to 15 years. The youngest charged under the law is only 16 years old.

Meanwhile, protesters also gathered at the United Nations office in Bangkok asking the organization to urge the government to repeal the lèse majesté law.

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