5 Oct 2022
On his fifth day back as Prime Minister after a 37-day hiatus, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha conducted a visit to Khon Kaen and Ubon Ratchathani, where expressions of dissent as minor as raising three-finger salute drew a fierce response from his security detail.
29 Mar 2022
The Khon Kaen Municipal Court has ruled that three students are guilty of violating the Flag Act for flying a “monarchy reform” flag in front of the former Khon Kaen University dean’s office building.
3 Feb 2022
The Khon Kaen Provincial Court began its trial of 3 Khon Kaen University students for desecrating the national flag. The students were charged after they replaced a national flag with a ‘monarchy reform’ banner on a flag pole during a protest at Khon Kaen University in February 2021.
17 Sep 2021
Two students from Khon Kaen University were arrested on Friday morning (17 September), after the police raided their house and charged them with arson in relation to the burning of the King’s portrait on 13 September 2021.
16 Mar 2021
The Isaan Record, an online media organization based in Khon Kaen Province, is under surveillance by police officers. This is not the first time, and it occurs after they report on monarchy reform and anti-dictatorship activities which other media find distasteful.
3 Sep 2020
The activist group “Khon Kaen’s Had Enough” (ขอนแก่นพอกันที) published a letter from the Superintendent of Mueang Khon Kaen Police Station to the Khon Kaen city mayor stating that they received a complaint about recent protests in the city from a citizen who also petitioned to have the local Democracy Monument moved elsewhere.
24 Jul 2020
The wave of youth-led protests continued with four more protests on Thursday (23 July) in Pattani, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Khon Kaen, showing support for other protestors across the country.
24 Jul 2020
Tiwagorn Withiton, a Facebook user who posted an image of him wearing a shirt printed with “I lost faith in the monarchy”, was released from a psychiatric hospital after being detained under questionable circumstances on 9 July. Meanwhile, people are being pressured by security authorities for talking and posting about it.
26 Feb 2020
At least a thousand Khon Kaen University (KKU) students have gathered to protest against the current government of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, using the hashtag "#KKUenoughisenough", with student activists reading statements denouncing the dissolution of the Future Forward Party by the Constitutional Court.
12 Feb 2018
After Rangsiman Rome led a protest on Saturday attended by hundreds, Bangkok police transferred the pro-democracy activist to Khon Kaen to face prosecution for campaigning against the junta’s constitution in 2016. On 11 February 2018, police transferred Rangsiman from Bangkok to Mueang Khon Kaen Police Station to hear charges of violating the Head of the National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) Order 3/2015, the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five people or more.
31 Jan 2018
A court in Khon Kaen has convicted six teenagers of lèse majesté for burning royal arches with portraits of King Rama IX and King Rama X. On 31 January 2018, the Provincial Court of Phon District, Khon Kaen Province, found six teenagers guilty of royal defamation, criminal association and arson.
27 Dec 2017
The Military Court in Khon Kaen has begun trying two members of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) merely for observing a public seminar that discussed the junta’s constitution.