10 Dec '11, 2pm

Second Thai protest against royal insult laws

Second Thai protest against royal insult laws

BANGKOK - A small band of Thai protesters marched through Bangkok on Saturday for the second rally in two days against the country's widely-criticised laws protecting the monarchy. Public protests against the legislation are rare in Thailand, where discussions related to the royal family are hugely sensitive, but the action was sparked by a recent court case that saw a grandfather jailed for 20 years. In a case that alarmed rights activists and the European Union, Ampon Tangnoppakul, 61, was last month found guilty of four counts of offending the royals in text messages sent last year, under Thailand's strict lese majeste laws. About 100 people, mainly in black and carrying banners, joined Saturday's "fearlessness walk", according to an AFP photographer at the scene -- around the same number that were present at a similar demonstration next to the criminal court on Friday....

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