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Thai Woman Gets 7 Years for Facebook Post

She said a coup was coming: lawyer

(Newser) - Thailand's controversial laws banning insults toward the monarchy have claimed another victim: A single mom, identified only as Chayapha, has been sentenced to seven years in prison "for posting on Facebook that a counter-coup against the junta was imminent," her lawyer tells the Bangkok Post . He adds... More »

Thai King, 87, Leaves Hospital in Rare Outing

Ailing Bhumibol Adulyadej was driven through Bangkok for coronation anniversary

(Newser) - Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance today—a national holiday—to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation. All television stations carried the event live, as the 87-year-old monarch emerged in a wheelchair from a Bangkok hospital where he has taken up residence and was... More »

Coup Leader to Thais: Don't Criticize

King is on my side, general says

(Newser) - Bolstered by a royal endorsement to run the country after last week's coup, Thailand's junta leader has warned against mounting opposition to the takeover, ordering Thais not to cause trouble, not to criticize, not to protest—or else face a return to the "old days" of street... More »

American Gets 2.5 Years for Insulting Thai Royals

Joe Gordon posted links to banned biography of king

(Newser) - A court in Thailand sentenced a US citizen to two and a half years in prison today for defaming the country's royal family by translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of the king and posting them online. The 55-year-old Thai-born American, Joe Gordon, stood calmly with his ankles... More »

Thai Civil War Fears Grow

Protests spread from Bangkok to provinces

(Newser) - The unrest in Thailand is rapidly spreading from Bangkok to the provinces, raising fears that widespread civil conflict looms. Supporters of anti-government Red Shirt protesters have been blocking roads around the country to prevent reinforcements of police and soldiers reaching the capital, the BBC reports. Protesters in Bangkok caused chaos... More »

King's Illness Complicates Thai Tensions

Monarch fails to appear as politicians battle for control

(Newser) - Politicians in Thailand are squabbling as they seek to form a new government, days after a court barred the prime minister and other leading figures from holding office. But as many Thais looked to their long-serving king for guidance, the revered 81-year-old monarch canceled his traditional birthday speech yesterday, citing... More »

3K Stranded in Bangkok as PM Refuses to Step Down

Army pressures government as violence grows between factions

(Newser) - Thailand’s government today rejected a top general’s demand it dissolve parliament and hold elections, the Guardian reports, as protesters demand that Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat step down entirely. Wongsawat snuck back into Thailand today and plans to meet with the king, whom protesters support; a pro-government gang killed... More »

Insult This Man, Spend 15 Years in the Pokey

Thai pols accuse foes of slighting king to hamstring them

(Newser) - The crime of insulting a king sounds like a medieval holdover—but in Thailand, an unkind word about King Bhumibol Adulyadej can land you in prison for 15 years. The country's recent political upheaval has coincided with a spike in accusations of maligning the monarch, the Wall Street Journal reports—... More »

In Thailand, Everyone Wants to Be in the Pink

The king goes pastel; a fashion craze is born

(Newser) - On the advice of royal astrologers, the ailing Thai king has added pink to his wardrobe, sparking a national fashion trend. The chromatic rush had one clothing chain selling 40,000 pink shirts this month, BBC reports. A woman camping out in a line to buy one said, “Wearing... More »

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