Class Clash

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — “If a baht note blows out of your hand and down the road, for God’s sake don’t step on it,” the resident director of a nonprofit organisation advised a foreign volunteer, who had just arrived in the Kingdom, during a ‘dos and don’ts’ brief. “The King’s face is on the note. You cannot disrespect the King. You can go to jail.”

The highly contentious issue of lèse majesté – a domestic law that prohibits anyone from criticising the monarchy – has returned with a vengeance this past year and has even gained international notoriety. Read more from Tim LaRocca in the South East Asian Globe.

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