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Thai king writes messages of love for nation amid protests

Reuters | Bangkok | Updated: 10-11-2020 22:25 IST | Created: 10-11-2020 22:03 IST
Thai king writes messages of love for nation amid protests
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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn wrote messages of national unity and love on Tuesday during a visit to the northeast of the country two days after protesters sent him a letter demanding royal reforms that would curb his powers.

The Royal Palace has made no comment on months of protests so any communications from the king are watched carefully in the Southeast Asian country. "We all love and care for each other. Take care of the country, help each other protect our country with goodness for prosperity and protect Thainess," the king wrote in a message to the governor of Udon Thani province.

On a picture of himself and the queen that was brought by one of the crowds of well-wishers, the king wrote: "Love the nation, love the people, cherish Thainess, real happiness." Thousands of protesters marched to the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday, getting within a few dozen meters of the walls despite a police blockade and a burst of water cannon, to send a message to the king.

Shattering a longstanding taboo on criticizing the monarchy, they have demanded the departure of former junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister, a new constitution, and reforms that would reduce his powers. "When the king truly cherishes democracy, all people will find happiness," the protesters said.

Last week the king made his first comments on the protesters. In brief remarks, he said "we love them all the same" and describing Thailand as a land of compromise. Prayuth has said he will not resign, rejecting protesters' accusations that he engineered last year's election to keep power that he seized in a 2014 coup.

Pictures from different royal events in Udon Thani showed thousands of people. Many wore yellow shirts - matching the king's colour - and carried matching official portraits of the royal couple.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



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