Thai royalists hold rallies to counter young protesters clamouring for monarchy reform

 King Maha Vajiralongkorn whispering into the ear of Mr Suvit Thongprasert on Oct 23 outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn whispering into the ear of Mr Suvit Thongprasert on Oct 23 outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok.COURTESY OF SUVIT THONGPRASERT

NAKHON PATHOM, THAILAND - For a supposedly aloof King, the gregarious display was certainly stunning.

On Oct 23, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, accompanied by Queen Suthida, waded through the gathered crowds outside Bangkok's Grand Palace and stopped in front of kneeling firebrand royalist Suvit Thongprasert.

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