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Activists Vow New Protests After Doi Suthep Homes Occupied

CHIANG MAI — The lights are on, and somebody is home.

Londoner Behind Anti-Junta Group Wanted For Insulting Prayuth

BANGKOK — The admin of one of the largest anti-junta Facebook pages has been charged with cybercrimes for spreading “false” information that defamed junta chairman Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, police said Tuesday.
Thai army chief Gen. Chalermchai Sitthisad in China. Photo: Matichon

Army Chief in China to Forge Closer Military Ties

BANGKOK — Army chief and junta secretary-general Gen. Chalermchai Sitthisad is on a five-day official visit to China starting Monday.

Not Following Junta Plan Could Soon Be a Crime – For 20 Years

BANGKOK — Junta-appointed lawmakers will decide Thursday whether future civilian leaders should face criminal prosecution for not following plans left in place by the military government for the next 20 years.
Members of the junta-appointed National Legislative Assembly, or NLA, read from a book in January during a parliamentary debate session.

Assembly’s Lopsided Votes Are Feature, Not Bug: Member

BANGKOK — More than three quarters of the bills made into law by junta-appointed legislators have been passed without a single vote of opposition, according to a legal reform advocacy group.
Armed soldiers stand guard at the scene of the Thursday shooting in Narathiwas province.

4 Villagers Shot Dead in Insurgency-Plagued South

NARATHIWAT — Four villagers were shot dead in Thailand's south in another case of violence in the insurgency-wracked region, police said.

Here’s the Story Behind the Snoozing MPs That Pissed Off Prayuth

BANGKOK — After images of lawmakers snoozing during debate of next year’s proposed multi-trillion baht budget incensed taxpayers, two of the nappers gave flaccid explanations as the junta leader berated their behavior.
Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha pauses for a sip Thursday during an hour-long speech to parliament on his 3 trillion-baht budget proposal as his deputy Prawit Wongsuwan looks on.

Prayuth Pleads to Be Spared From Insult, Triggers Backlash

BANGKOK — Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha’s Thursday plea for the position of prime minister to be spared from insult went unheeded on social media, where it was swiftly met with more mockery and insult.
Lese majeste convict Jatupat 'Pai' Boonpattararaksa poses for a photo with his parents on March 22 after attending a court hearing on violating the junta's ban on protests.

Letters Reveal UN Exchange Over Thai Royal Defamation

BANGKOK — The Thai government defended the controversial lese majeste and cybercrime laws as consistent with "Thai traditional and cultural values” in response to concerns expressed by the United Nations.

Satellite Deal Whistleblower Threatened With Lawsuit

BANGKOK — A top junta figure is mulling legal action against a transparency activist who accused the government of illegally planning to acquire an expensive satellite network to spy on its citizens.

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