Following the death of King Bhumibol, his son Maha Vajiralongkorn has become the new King of Thailand. Amid an atmosphere of social repression and military dictatorship, the new era has not seen any change. Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa was arrested and accused of Lese Majeste the day after the coronation for a Facebook post on the new King. The BBC office in Bangkok has also been targeted for its coverage. In two separate other cases, Thanaporn was given a two year suspended sentence for a FB post on the political violence in 2010, while Chanoknan Ruamsap has been threatened with Lese Majeste, also for a FB posting against military repression. In addition, the international campaign in support for labour activist Andy Hall continues. It is obvious that the Thai military junta is using this transition period to further consolidate its hold on power.
Free all political prisoners in Thailand!
Abolish Article 112!
End the military dictatorship!