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Thai Senate backs controversial king

Thailand’s Senate has expressed their support for the kingdom’s controversial monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Senate President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai spoke on Thursday during a special meeting and stressed the need to “protect and uphold this noble institution.” The monarchy is absolutely “necessary” for Thailand, according to the politicians.
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Thais asked to wear yellow to remember King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thai citizens have been asked by the government to wear yellow today to remember the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX) who died in 2016. Yellow is the traditional colour that represents the monarch in Thailand. The government has also requested that private companies and state agencies set up altars and offer garlands in his memory until 22 October. Four years since his death will…
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Protests grow in Bangkok against the monarchy

Anti-monarchy protests have continued in Bangkok as demonstrators demand democracy and less power for King Maha Vajiralongkorn (or Rama X) in the biggest demonstration in the country in years. Thousands marched against the monarchy today in the Thai capital calling for a curb in the King’s powers and the replacement of the Thai prime minister and former junta leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha.
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Queen Sirikit's birthday celebrated with elaborate orchid display

Thailand’s Queen Mother, Sirikit, will celebrate her 88th birthday on 12 August, and to mark the occasion, an elaborate display of colourful orchids has been put on display. More than 880,000 from nine genera across the country are on display for the “Paradise Of Siam 2020” event, which was created in coordination with the Department of Agriculture, the Ministry of Natural…
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