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Thai protesters call for royal reforms again after court ruling | News

Constitutional Court ruled this week that activists’ call for royal reforms amounted to bid to ‘overthrow the constitutional monarchy’.

Hundreds of protesters have rallied in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, against a decision by a top court that ruled calling for royal reforms amounted to a bid to overthrow the country’s ultra-powerful monarchy.

The Constitutional Court – which critics have long said is politicised – said on Wednesday that three prominent protest leaders had made speeches that “aim to overthrow the constitutional monarchy”.

While the court’s decision does not result in criminal penalties for the protest leaders, observers say the ruling could shrink an already narrow space for activists campaigning for reform of the monarchy.

Defying a ban on gatherings on Sunday, protesters assembled in Bangkok’s main shopping district to rail against the decision,…

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