Thai demonstrators challenge monarchy
THAI demonstrators Openly challenged the monarchy of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, thousands of
protesters marched in Bangkok on Sunday to present demands that include a call for reforms to curb his powers.
Protesters have grown bolder during two months of demonstrations calling for reform of the monarchy,
as well as for the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, a former military government leader,
and a new constitution and elections-dominated establishment.
Thai demonstrators challenge monarchy, Criticising the monarchy has long been taboo, and is illegal under lese-majeste laws.
The king is not in Thailand, and the Grand Palace made no immediate comment.
The marchers were blocked by hundreds of unarmed police manning crowd-control
barriers, but protest leaders declared a victory after saying Royal Guard police had agreed to pass on their demands to police headquarters.