Chatwadee Rose Amornpat

RoseRose Amornpat or “London Rose,” is seen by some as an “Angel of Democracy.” Her Facebook name/page is “Chatwadee Rose Amornpat.” In mid-April 2014, her parents made a lese majeste complaint about her.

The petite 34 year-old Thai-born British citizen has caused a stir on social media with her sometimes poetic challenges to monarchy and monarchists. Her Facebook page is direct in its attacks on royalty and those who support blind royalism.

Royalists in Thailand and outside the country, particularly in the UK, have been angrily tracking her down and trying to silence her, even protesting against this dissident voice that seems to haunt them. They have even held protests in front of embassies and consulates. Worse, but reflective of the intolerance symbolized by the lese majeste law, they vow to harm her or even kill her. She has sought police protection in the UK.

At Facebook she has some 100,000 views a day and her YouTube clips have gone viral. She is opposed to the lese majeste law and its associated repression. She challenges the whole royal family and lampoons them on a daily basis. She opposes taxpayer handouts to the fabulously wealthy royal family.

Royalist extremists have harassed Rose’s parents to the extent that they have protected themselves with a lese majeste complaint against their own daughter. They claimed that their life has been made hellish as they have received numerous phone calls blaming them for the daughter’s behavior. They said they had disowned her a long time ago. Rose’s parents have urged police to take legal action and even provided police with footage purportedly showing lese majeste. Her parents apparently felt that taking allegations of lese majeste to the police would clear them.

Rose has said: “All I want is to tell the world the truth about Thailand without regard of the grave consequence of their draconian lese majeste law…. Lese majeste law must be erased…”. She explained: “I have been stalked by Thai royalists in London constantly. I am not afraid at all. Let it be known that, if I die or am harmed, it is by someone associated with this group or some agents from Thailand. I’d rather die fighting for democracy and the freedom of Thai people. I hope to see all political prisoners on lese majeste law set free, if I should die or be killed.”

Rose’s British citizenship means nothing when it comes to the bizarre lese majeste law. The police state that lese majeste is still considered a crime in Thailand even if the wrongdoing is committed elsewhere, as in the infamous case of Joe Gordon.

Following the 22 May 2014 coup, the seemingly ignorant police have been demanding Rose’s extradiction from the U.K. Crazed royalists have been threatening Rose and vandalizing her home in London. The latter have repeatedly broken UK law in seeking to harm Rose.

In mid-July 2014, the Technology Crime Suppression Division submitted two reports to the Office of the Attorney General that are being considered for prosecution. If the attorney-general indicts Rose, a court arrest warrant will be issued, and the OAG will work with the Foreign Ministry to “bring back” Rose for prosecution in Thailand. This is la-la land stuff, but the OAG and all good royalists have to be seen to be tracking down “anti-monarchists”; the military junta demands it.

Since the 2014 coup, the military junta has, several times, stated that it seeks Rose’s extradition.

Media accounts of Rose’s case:

The Nation, 22 July 2014: “Attorney General set to process lese majeste charges against ‘Rose’

Bangkok Post, 21 July 2014: “OAG asked to indict in ‘London Rose‘”

Khaosod, 19 June 2014: “Thailand Demands Lese Majeste Suspect Extradited, UK Says No

Khaosod, 18 April 2014: “Parents Press Lese Majeste Charge Against Daughter

9 responses

23 04 2014
Lese majeste and vigilantism | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] right and the two most recent lese majeste cases against Wuthipong Kachathamakul or Ko Tee and Rose Amornpat, to the vicious assassination of anti-lese majeste activist Kamol Duangphasuk or Maineung K. […]

23 04 2014
Lese majeste and vigilantism | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] right and the two most recent lese majeste cases against Wuthipong Kachathamakul or Ko Tee and Rose Amornpat, to the vicious assassination of anti-lese majeste activist Kamol Duangphasuk or Maineung K. […]

5 05 2014
Coronation Day and lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Coronation Day about lese majeste, Britain’s Channel 4 News blog has a post that begins with Rose Amornpat, quoted as […]

5 05 2014
Coronation Day and lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Coronation Day about lese majeste, Britain’s Channel 4 News blog has a post that begins with Rose Amornpat, quoted as […]

24 05 2014
The Salman Rushdie of Siam - TeakDoor.com - The Thailand Forum

[…] complaint against her, and petitions have been made to Zuckerberg to erase her from Facebook. Chatwadee Rose Amornpat | Political Prisoners in Thailand http://www.change.org/th/%E0%B9%81%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%A1%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%9B%E0%B […]

21 01 2015
Royalists face the law | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] UK news outlets report on the case of monarchy critic Rose Amornpat and what they acknowledge has been a “campaign of abuse” against her. The abuse began […]

21 01 2015
Royalists face the law | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] UK news outlets report on the case of monarchy critic Rose Amornpat and what they acknowledge has been a “campaign of abuse” against her. The abuse began when she […]

30 06 2015
Rose on the lawless country with the king as head of state | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Chatwadee Rose Amornpat is a Thai activist living abroad who has been accused and charged with lese majeste. She has sent the following article to PPT and we reproduce it as received, with a couple of links added: […]

30 06 2015
Rose on the lawless country with the king as head of state | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Chatwadee Rose Amornpat is a Thai activist living abroad who has been accused and charged with lese majeste. She has sent the following article to PPT and we reproduce it as received, with a couple of links added: […]