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Rising Thai political star hit with sedition charges

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:37 PM

'We believe we are innocent. I did everything in good faith,' says Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who heads the youth-oriented Future Forward Party

CHARGED. File photo of Thai tycoon, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party. Photo by  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Unfriend: Thai junta leader flooded with negative comments on FB

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Asking for 'suggestions' in his debut on Facebook, Thailand's premier receives over 9,000 comments in less than 24 hours, the majority of them negative

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Meet Headache Stencil, the Thai version of mystery graffiti artist Banksy

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The pioneer of the new wave of street artists in Bangkok is 'Headache Stencil,' whose spray cans satirize the powerful in Thailand where free expression has been muted since a 2014 coup

THAILAND'S BANKSY. This picture taken on September 4, 2018, shows Thai artist who goes by the name of "Headache Stencil" spray-painting a graffiti on a fence in Bangkok. Thailand's junta chief caricatured as 'a lucky cat', a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line - daring graffiti is appearing across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for political debate. Romeo GACAD / AFP

Thai junta-picked lawmakers give military $124M budget hike

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:20 PM

In contrast funds for education and infrastructure are cut

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha is greeted by military officers during a visit to Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat on July 25, 2016. Thailand's junta chief vowed to galvanise the economy of the kingdom's poor and rebel-hit south, including making it a hub for halal produce, during a visit to the Muslim-majority region. / AFP PHOTO / MADAREE TOHLALA

Thai junta suspends Bangkok governor over graft probe

Aug 25, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Sukhumbhand Paribatra is under investigation over an expensive light display outside city hall in December 2015

epa03527609 Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra answer questions from media about his resignation from Bangkok governor, at the Thai Democrat Party headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, 08 January 2013. Paribatra, who is the Democrat party candidate and one of the chief contenders in the Bangkok Governorship race, will formally tender his resignation as Bangkok governor which will take effect on 9 January, one day before his term expires on 10 January 2013 to allow fair compeition in the upcoming next Bangkok governor elections which will be held by 03 March 2013. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Victory for generals as Thais vote for junta charter

Aug 07, 2016 - 8:38 AM

4th UPDATE Prime Minister Prayut Chan o cha hails the win as a step towards a bona fide democracy free from graft

epa05460826 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha casts his ballot during a referendum for the new constitution at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, 07 August 2016. Some 50.6 million Thai voters are eligible to cast their votes in a referendum for the controversial military's backed draft constitution, the first polling in the country after the May 2014 military coup. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai journalist charged under draconian charter law

Jul 11, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Prachatai reporter Taweesak Kerdpoka faces charges along with 4 members of the New Democracy Movement

epa05343844 Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ooks delivers the keynote address of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 15th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, 03 June 2016. The IISS Asia Security Summit is an annual gathering of defence officials in the Asia-Pacific region and is dubbed the Shangri-La Dialogue in honor of the hotel where the event is held. The summit will go on from 03 to 05 June 2016. EPA/WALLACE WOON

Pressure mounts on Thai junta over fake bomb detectors

Jun 27, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Thailand s pro democracy Red Shirt movement is demanding details of the contracts for the GT200 device

(FILES) This file picture taken on March 2, 2010 shows a Thai soldier using a GT200 detector as he patrols the streets of Yala, in Thailand's restive south.  Activists on June 27, 2016 urged Britain to hand over details of the multi-million-dollar sale to Thailand of fake bomb detectors that led to the detention of scores of innocent people. British fraudster Gary Bolton was jailed in 2013 for making millions selling the GT200 -- which he billed as a "magic wand" able to detect tiny particles of explosives or drugs from hundreds of metres away. / AFP PHOTO / STR

Thousands gather at Thai temple as police fail to arrest abbot

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Devotees prevent authorities from arresting Phra Dhammachayo the temple s 72 year old abbot who faces allegations that he accepted embezzled funds

epa05368540 Thai devotees meditate at the Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, 16 June 2016. The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) entered into the temple on 16 June, with a search warrant to arrest and start negotiations with Dhammakaya Temple abbot Phra Dhammachayo after a court approval on 15 June. Phra Dhammachayo is ordered to meet with the DSI to acknowledge criminal charges allegedly involved with receiving and laundering stolen money after the monk's lawyer postponed meetings reportedly due to the abbot's health condition. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai police defend arresting anti-junta activist's mother

May 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Patnaree Chankij s lawyers say she was charged for writing the Thai equivalent of yeah in response to Facebook messages that allegedly insulted the royal family

Thailand files first charge under draconian anti-campaigning law

Apr 27, 2016 - 7:15 PM

UPDATED I want this case to serve as an example that from now on criticizing [the charter] must be done in a polite manner says an election official

epa05265004 A military police officer stands in front of a military base in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 April 2016. Pheu Thai party's core member, Watana Muangsook, a former minister during the government of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, turned himself in for an 'attitude adjustment' session at the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on 18 April, as he was called from the military junta after publishing political messages on his Facebook account. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Rights groups condemn junta police powers for Thai soldiers

Apr 05, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Soldiers are allowed to detain suspects without arrest warrants and they are not covered by laws monitoring police abuses

epa04956785 Thailand's new Army chief General Thirachai Nakwanich (R) stands next outgoing General Udomdej Sitabutr (2-R) during a handover ceremony at the Thai army headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 September 2015. Thirachai has been appointed as the new army chief in a military reshuffle endorsed by the Thai King. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Thai authorities seize thousands of 'political' red bowls

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:59 PM

UPDATED Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra says giving out bowls never posed a problem to national security

Thailand unveils latest charter perpetuating army's power

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The military junta warns it will not tolerate criticism of the draft constitution in the run up to a referendum on August 7

epa05079072 Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speak as he delivers the one-year performance presentation of his government at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 December 2015. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK