Not so improbable – The Edge Review

BANGKOK –- In most electoral democracies, it would have been an improbable scene. Despite facing arrest warrants for insurrection and murder, an anti-government protest leader was escorted by security into the country’s parliament house, where he lobbied the senate head to replace Thailand’s elected government with an appointed administration. The body language suggested that protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was no mere supplicant. A row of senators led by Speaker Surachai Liangboonlertcha greeted Mr Suthep, clasping hands and smiling as if deferring to the bluff former deputy prime minister.  Outside, as night fell, several thousand backers of Suthep’s People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) sat on the street, listening to speeches bellowed through megaphones from the top of a truck as the meeting took place. “They have exchanged opinion for now, that is all,” said Senator Anusart Suwanmongkol, speaking afterwards.

Thailand’s lese-majeste law fuels calls for reform – Los Angeles Times

 http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-thailand-law-20120320,0,1467171.story http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-fg-thailand-law-20120320,0,3091724.story Opponents say the law is used to intimidate critics and stifles free speech. But some royalists fear...