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Thai cyber police step up royal slur patrols

Published on Jun 15, 2014 2:07 PM
 
Thai army soldiers secure an area in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters, adorned with a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (right). Thailand’s military is bolstering its self-designated role as protector of the monarchy by stepping up “cyber patrols” to root out critics of the king following last month’s coup. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's military is bolstering its self-designated role as protector of the monarchy with increased "cyber patrols" to root out critics of the king following last month's coup.

The junta has clamped down on any opposition to its overthrow of an elected government, with a crackdown on perceived slurs against the royals at the heart of its online surveillance operations.

"Lese majeste is our priority," Police Major General Phisit Pao-in, head of the Technology Crime Suppression Division, told AFP.

Twenty police officials were recently sent to reinforce Phisit's cyber patrol team of 15 civil servants, who trawl the Internet for royal insults.

 
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