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King says Thailand ‘land of compromise’ as he greets supporters | Thailand

Unprecedented comments follow months of protests calling for prime minister’s resignation and reforms to monarchy.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn called Thailand the “land of compromise” in unprecedented comments on Sunday night, during which the once-unapproachable monarch declared “love” for all Thais after months of protests calling for reforms to the monarchy.

The 68-year-old ruler made the comments during a walkabout among thousands of people wearing yellow shirts – the colour of royalty – who had waited near the Grand Palace clutching portraits of King Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida.

Approached by a journalist from the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 News and asked what he would say to the tens of thousands of anti-government protesters who have been calling for the reform of the monarchy, the king said: “We love them all the same.”

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