Royalists in Thailand announced that they will present to the government on Thursday a memorandum signed by 1.2 million people demanding the closure of the human rights organization Amnesty International’s branch in the country.
Supporters, who are members of various nationalist groups, said Amnesty International posed a threat to peace and security in the country after it criticized a court ruling that calls for property reform in the country was illegal.
While the monarchy is revered by many Thais and served as a sacred foundation of Thai identity until recently, critics of the monarchy say it has too much influence on the country’s politics and is irresponsible.
Seksakul Atawung, a prime ministerial official and one of the signatories, said, “1.2 million people do not want the presence of this organization to undermine national security, overthrow the monarchy and create conflicts in the country.” said.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who came to power in the 2014 military coup, did not comment on the memo but said that in November he had asked the police and the Interior Ministry to examine whether Amnesty International had broken any laws that promoted terrorism. anti-monarchy protesters
The search warrant was issued after Amnesty International criticized the Constitutional Court for ruling that three pro-democracy activists calling for reforms in the monarchy had “revolted” by trying to overthrow the country’s regime against the king.
Source: “Associated Press”
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