late King's mourning
6 Nov 2017
In the aftermath of mourning for the late King, a provincial governor has faced a furious protest for his failure in organising a local cremation ceremony while the junta’s organic laws have caused public concern. After the royal cremation on 26 October, King Maha Vajiralongkorn allowed the cremation site to be open to the public throughout November.
2 Nov 2017
A youth group has called for the dismissal of a BBC reporter who questioned Thai royalist propaganda. On 2 November 2017, members of a group called Young Thai Blood filed a petition at the British Embassy in Bangkok, urging the UK government to dismiss Jonathan Head, South East Asia Correspondent for BBC News. The petition came after Head interviewed Narisa Chakrabongse, a great-granddaughter of King Chulalongkor
30 Oct 2017
While Thailand last week was overwhelmed by mourning for the late King Bhumibol, other significant issues seem to have been overlooked, such as serious flooding, the arrest of a former lèse majesté convict and use of the junta’s absolute power. The year-long mourning for the late King Bhumibol has now ended and the Thai people are returning to normal, colourful life.
17 Oct 2017
Stores, cinemas, post offices, banks and the stock market have granted their employees a day off to honour the cremation of the late King Bhumibol. On 16 October 2017, the CP Group announced that its 7-11 convenience stores, the most popular in the country, and other stores in the CP Group nationwide will be closed on 26 October, the day of the cremation.
9 Oct 2017
October has brought a mood of mourning to Thailand as the late King Bhumibol's cremation approaches. But October has long brought memories of loss for Thai society, ever since the bloody 6 October massacre 41 years ago. In the early morning of 6 October 1976, right-wing groups massacred students at Thammasat University who had gathered to protest the return to Thailand of a former military dictator ousted after the October 1973 protests.
22 Nov 2016
Throughout modern Thailand’s history, Royal Anthem videos have played a significant role in transforming the foundations of royal legitimacy. While the palace previously emphasised the King’s commitment to his duties as ‘Father of the Land’, anthem videos now push the Thai people’s duty to love the monarchy as ‘good children’.
22 Nov 2016
Produced by GMM One, “I Was Born in the Reign of Rama IX: The Series” aired Monday through Thursday last week with lessons of morality and a political subtext weighted by reverence for King Bhumibol. The four-episode series, which began after a month-long ban on entertainment lapsed, followed several middle-class Thais from Oct. 13 when they heard the news through Oct.
3 Nov 2016
Winter is coming but a school in the northeastern province of Buriram has banned colourful coats during Thailand’s mourning period. On 3 November 2016, Somsak Taemsoaksoong, the principal of Nangrong School announced in an assembly that only black, grey and white coats were allowed and colourful coats would be confiscated, reported Khaosod English. “Government officials [like our school staff] have to wear black for
21 Oct 2016
After 44 students were arrested in connection to an alleged Bangkok bombing plot, a group of academics who support human rights has urged authorities to stop the arbitrary arrest of Muslim Malay citizens. Over the past week, 36 males and eight female Deep South youths have been arrested in a series of raids by a combined task force of police officers and soldiers.