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Two Thai protesters could face life imprisonment for violence against the Queen

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Pro-democracy activist Bunkueanun "Francis" Paothong (C) comforts loved ones before he enters the Dusit Police Station to answer charges of harming Thailand's Queen Suthida, two days after protesters nearly obstructed a royal motorcade, in Bangkok on October 16, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)

Two activists in Thailand have been arrested on charges of attempting violence against the Queen, which could result in a possible life sentence.

The arrests come after Queen Suthida's motorcade drove past protesters in Bangkok on Wednesday, with video showing the crowd shouting and holding up the defiant three-finger salute inspired by the Hunger Games movie franchise.

Poonsuk Poonsulcharoen, a lawyer from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, said the pair are believed to be facing charges that carry a maximum life sentence.

Protesters have turned out in Bangkok every day this week since Tuesday and coincide with King Vajiralongkorn's return to Thailand for a host of royal duties, including marking the memorial day of his father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The Thai Lawyers For Human Rights said that 51 people have been arrested and are facing legal action following the anti-government protests in Bangkok this week.

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