Sedition = lese majeste

22 08 2020

The Nation reports that the regime is accused of falsely charging pro-democracy protesters with sedition as if they are lese majeste charges.

The report states that Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has said several times that the king had ordered that lese majeste not be used.

However, the Democracy Restoration Group has pointed out that “the detainees’ police files [are] … are similar to those of lese majeste.”

It says that the police report on human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa states: “On August 3, Arnon delivered a speech inciting hatred toward the monarchy. The accused also used Facebook to post messages persuading people to gather and undermine the monarchy. The protestors are showing the intention of overthrowing the crown.”

In other words, the sedition charge has replaced lese majeste but the impact is the same.


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