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Pheu Thai pressed on royal-insult law

A person holds a flag stating “Release political prisoners, cancel 112” during a protest against the lese majeste law in Bangkok in December 2021. (Reuters File Photo)

Political activists on Tuesday pressed the Pheu Thai Party to pledge that if it wins the coming election, it would repeal the law on royal defamation.

The meeting was inconclusive, but it comes at a time when three people detained under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, the lese majeste law, are staging hunger strikes, with two of them in hospital in serious condition.

Pheu Thai secretary-general Prasert Jantararuangtong said he encouraged public discussion of the way the law was being enforced as a means of addressing problems in the short term.

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