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Thailand Takes Aim At Criticism Of The Monarchy


The number 112 strikes fear in Thailand. 
It refers to Section 112 of the country’s criminal code — the lèse-majesté law — which makes insulting or defaming the king an offense punishable by three to 15 years in prison.
For the first time, the law is being used against leaders of the protest movement calling for changes to the monarchy and the political system. 
Parit Chiwarak is among about a dozen protest leaders who have received a summons to face multiple charges under the law.
 “I am not scared,” Mr. Parit said on Tuesday night, after receiving his summons. “I am more worried about the country if they are still using this 112 in politics like this. This will cause the monarchy to deteriorate further.”
The revival of 112 came hours before a rally in Bangkok on Wednesday during which protesters urged King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun to return his fortune to the people. 
Tax revenues, they said, were being used to fund his lavish lifestyle and fill the coffers of one of the world’s richest monarchies.

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