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Phang Nga man face lese majeste charges after Facebook rant

PHUKET: More than 50 police officers, local officials and military personnel were put on standby on Saturday night (Oct 15) after over 1,500 people set up a roadblock on Phetkasem Rd near the Kok Kloi Market in Takua Thung of Phang Nga province in protest of a social media post they say was disrespectful to the Thai Royal Family.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 17 October 2016, 11:13AM


Over 1,000 residents took part in the protest against one man's comments made on social media. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Over 1,000 residents took part in the protest against one man's comments made on social media. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The crowd accused the son of the owner of a roti shop located close to the market of posting “severely offensive” content on a Facebook page. The owner’s son serves as a military conscript attached to Third Naval Area Command in Phang Nga.
Khok Kloi Police led by Police Chief Col Sathit Phromuthai and local officials led more than 50 officers both in and out of uniform to keep peace and order after more and more protesters arrived causing traffic congestion on the road.

The leader of the protest called on police to bring the owner’s son to prostate in front of a portrait of HM the King, and also demanded they charge the man with lese majeste.

Three hours after the demonstration began, Ekkachai Suwanno, Deputy Chief of Internal Security Operations Command, who represents the Third Naval Area Command, promised to take legal action against the man. The demonstrators then sang the royal anthem before leaving the area.

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Saturday night’s protests come after hundreds of angry Phuket residents gathered in front of the Nam Tou Hu Samkong dessert shop on Yaowarat Rd in Phuket Town early Saturday morning after the shop owner allegedly posted disrespectful comments about the Royal Family on social media.

After learning about the gathering, a team of police and army officers were sent to the area to disperse the group, however, the crowd were adamant that they would not be moved. (See story here.)

 

 

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