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Old Grievances Flare on Social Media Over Dhammakaya’s Divisiveness

BANGKOK — While police blockaded thousands of monks and followers in Wat Dhammakaya under the harsh, early summer sun for a fifth day, the online war of words was equally heated.

Gadfly Spurs Inquiry into No-Show Lawmakers’ Excuses

BANGKOK — It will take until Friday to know whether seven absentee members of the parliament risk losing their jobs for not meeting attendance...

Cops and Monks Clash at Wat Dhammakaya

PATHUM THANI — A police operation to search headquarters of the Dhammakaya sect and look for its fugitive spiritual leader met resistance on Monday, when monks and worshipers tried to push police forces out of their positions around the temple complex.

Anti-Coal Activists Return to Krabi Confident of Victory

BANGKOK — A day after the junta said it would reconsider construction of a controversial power plant in the south, activists were waiting Monday...

King Strips Aide of Military Ranks, Royal Decorations

BANGKOK — An official working under His Majesty the King was fired Sunday for allegedly bringing damages to the royal household with his misconduct.

Dhammakaya Supporters Defy Order to Leave; DSI to Withdraw Forces

PATHUM THANI — The deadline for non-resident monks of the controversial Dhammakaya Temple to leave the premises by 3pm Sunday came and went without any attempt made by the authorities to enforce it.

DSI Orders Wat Dhammakaya Vacated by 3PM Sunday

BANGKOK — The Department of Special Investigation on Sunday issued an order instructing every resident and monk of the controversial Dhammakaya Temple to leave the premises within 3pm.

Top Anti-Booze Crusader Removed From Post

BANGKOK — The official whose name is synonymous with stringent enforcement of anti-alcohol laws lost his job in a surprise ministry shuffling announced Friday night.

Coal Plant Protest Leaders Arrested

BANGKOK — Police on Saturday apprehended three activists who led an overnight protest in front of Government House against the regime’s plan to build a coal power plant in the south.

Live Updates From Day 2 of Wat Dhammakhaya Raid

PATHUM THANI — Khaosod English reporter Pravit Rojanaphruk is at Wat Dhammakaya, where officials from the Department of Special Investigations, or DSI, have just begun a search operation to arrest former abbot Dhammachayo, after a standoff that began at about 3am Thursday. Dhammachayo is wanted on embezzlement charges. All times are local.

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