Thailand: Public opinion key on issue of meddling

While Thailand's election laws ban foreign funding, there is no explicit law against foreign interference.

But various local groups have regularly accused Western embassies in Bangkok of meddling in Thailand's domestic affairs. In 2015, royalists protested in front of the US embassy after then ambassador Glyn Davies expressed concern about the lengthy jail sentences meted out under Thailand's lese majeste law, which bans insults or defamation against the king, queen, heir apparent or regent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2019, with the headline 'Public opinion key on issue of meddling'. Print Edition | Subscribe