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Thai activists are ‘targets’

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Thai king Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne after the October 2016 death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej. AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) – A Thai activist who fled the country to avoid a royal insult case over sharing a BBC article on Facebook yesterday attacked the junta for using legislation to target pro-democracy advocates. Chanoknan Ruamsap, 24, said yesterday from an unnamed Asian country that she is seeking refugee status there. She left Thailand two weeks ago shortly after receiving a summons from the police. The case stems from her sharing a profile on Facebook in 2016 of King Maha Vajiralongkorn written by the BBC’s Thai-language service in London. Ms Chanoknan said her work as a pro-democracy activist was the real reason she was targeted. “Only the anti-junta activists or human rights defenders have been the targets,” she said.

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