Thailand has undergone an extraordinary paroxysm of repression in recent weeks, with actions that include the arrest of a 27-year-old factory worker for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s dog Thong Daeng; the worker faces up to 37 years in prison. In a major breach of diplomatic protocol, US Ambassador Glyn T. Davies has been threatened with arrest for insulting the monarchy by voicing concern over long lèse-majesté prison sentences. Facebook users are being charged for lèse-majesté for clicking “Like” on satirical Facebook pictures of the royal family. The country has been shaken at the very top of military and police circles by a series of mysterious suicides, deaths and disappearances.

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