Mourning Ampol

12 05 2012

France 24 has a multimedia article that readers will find of considerable interest, focusing on lese majeste and the death and rites performed for Ampol Tangnopakul. It begins:

It was an unlikely place for a funeral: religious rites for Ampon Tangnoppakul, also known as “Uncle SMS”, were held Wednesday night outside Bangkok’s Criminal Court. Hundreds gathered to mourn the man who was jailed for sending government authorities text messages judged as offensive to Thailand’s royalty.

The article includes this video:

It is stated that Ampol’s wife made the decision on religious rites outside the court “to remind Thais about the importance of amending Article 112, the lèse majesté law.”


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