That explains why, while the rallies in recent days, which culminated in Sunday’s outpouring, were festive, they were also tinged with anxiety. The country has a bad record of massacring those who dare to speak up.
Often, the protests have been anti-government, but this latest movement is unusual because it’s the first time that demonstrators have publicly called for reforms to the monarchy. Thailand is bound by some of the world’s strictest lèse-majesté laws, which can land critics of the palace in jail for up to 15 years.
For people to go out on the street and whisper that something needs to be done about a largely absent king who has consolidated financial and military power is pretty extraordinary. For someone to use a microphone to say that at a public rally is unprecedented.
Yesterday’s briefing email had an outdated subject line. It should have read “Your Tuesday Briefing,” of course, not “Your Monday Briefing.”
Also, it gave incorrect coronavirus case numbers for three European countries. In the past week, about 16,000 new cases, not 20,000, were reported by France; 7,000, not 3,000, by Britain; and 3,000, not 7,000, by Italy, according to data collected by The New York Times.
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