Thai king in spotlight as pro-democracy protests continue

The protesters want the monarchy to be reformed and the powers of 68-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn curbed.
The protesters want the monarchy to be reformed and the powers of 68-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn curbed.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Among the core demands of the thousands of pro-democracy protesters who have taken to the streets of Thailand since mid-July is one that was previously unthinkable.

They are appealing for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and amendments to the Constitution, but it is the most recent demand that is perhaps the most significant: The protesters want the monarchy to be reformed and the powers of 68-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn curbed.

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