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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn waves from his limousine after officiating a graduation ceremony at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Thailand’s king has presided over a university graduation ceremony at a stronghold of a protest movement seeking to reduce the monarchy’s powers, after activists issued a call for students to boycott the event.  (AP Photo/Sunti Teapia)

Some Thai students choose protest option at graduation

Oct. 31, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — For a second straight day Saturday, many university students in Bangkok boycotted a graduation ceremony attended by Thailand's king and queen, as part of an unprecedented push for reform of the monarchy. A small group of royalists welcomed King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida when they...

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, center, waves as he arrives to participate in a graduation ceremony at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai king hands out diplomas at protest movement stronghold

Oct. 30, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king presided over a university graduation ceremony Friday at a stronghold of a protest movement seeking to reduce the monarchy's powers, after activists issued a call for students to boycott the event. There was no way to confirm how many heeded the call, though videos of the...

Pro-democracy demonstrators flash a three-finger salute of defiance during a protest rally at the Silom business district in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The protesters continue to gather Thursday with their three main demands of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's resignation, changes to a constitution that was drafted under military rule and reforms to the constitutional monarchy. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand protesters take to street to mock fashion show

Oct. 29, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand returned Thursday to the capital’s business district, staging something akin to a street fair to bring attention to their contention that the country’s monarchy holds too much power and influence. Their rally on the city’s Silom...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, the leader of the now dissolved Democrat Party's Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, center, and secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, right, arrive at the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand. Leaders of the former popular political party warned Wednesday that a reported plan to charge them with a crime could inflame the country's current political crisis. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Dissolved Thai party leaders decry possible legal charges

Oct. 28, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Leaders of a popular Thai political party dissolved by the courts eight months ago warned Wednesday that a reported plan to charge them with a crime could inflame the country’s current political crisis. Executives of the former Future Forward Party were responding to Thai media...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand. Fed up with an archaic educational system and enraged by the military's efforts to keep control over their nation, a student-led campaign has shaken Thailand’s ruling establishment with the most significant campaign for political change in years. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

Thai student-protesters aim for ambitious political change

Oct. 27, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — He was only 7 when he saw his first military coup. He was 15 during the second. Now 21, he is among those at the front of Thailand's growing pro-democracy movement pushing for sweeping political reforms. And because of his activities, Bunkueanun Paothong has been charged with crimes that...

Supporters of the Thai monarchy display images of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Queen Suthida, late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and wave a giant national flag during a rally at Lumphini park in central Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Hundreds of royalists gathered to oppose pro-democracy protesters' demands that the prime minister resign, constitution be revised and the monarchy be reformed in accordance with democratic principles. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai royalists rally in counterpoint to student protesters

Oct. 27, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Several hundred Thai royalists staged a rally in central Bangkok on Tuesday, eager to display their loyalty to the country’s king as growing protests by young activists have made unprecedented criticism of the monarchy. The rally had been heavily publicized on social media by...

An elementary school student, wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak, receives a Td vaccine shot from a health worker during a free vaccination service for schoolchildren in Jakarta, Indonesia,Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Asia Today: Thailand: Woman probably infected in quarantine

Oct. 27, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Health officials in Thailand said Tuesday it is likely that a French woman who earlier this month tested positive for the coronavirus became infected when she stayed under quarantine at a hotel near Bangkok. The 57-year-old woman tested positive after she and her family flew on Oct. 15 from...

Pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. As lawmakers debated in a special session in Parliament that was called to address political tensions, student-led rallies were set to continue with a march through central Bangkok on Monday evening to the German Embassy, apparently to bring attention to the time King Maha Vajiralongkorn spends in Germany. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai protesters shun Parliament, ask Germany to probe king

Oct. 26, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand have expanded their protests internationally, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s king has exercised political power during his extended stays in Bavaria. The...

Pro-democracy activists wave their mobile phone with flashing lights, during a protest rally at Ratchaprasong business district in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand gathered again Sunday in Bangkok, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day ahead of a special session of Parliament called to try to ease political tensions. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thai protesters rally ahead of parliamentary debate

Oct. 25, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in Thailand's capital again on Sunday, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day before a special session of Parliament that was called to try to ease political tensions. The rally took place at the busy Rajprasong intersection, in the...

Pro-democracy activists display a placard with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's head attached to a cockroach during a protest outside remand prison, in which some of the activists are kept, in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Thailand's government on Thursday canceled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool student-led protests seeking democracy reforms. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai protesters' deadline passes, but PM says he won't quit

Oct. 24, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government and the country’s pro-democracy movement appeared no closer to resolving their differences Saturday, as the protesters' deadline for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down came and went with no new action from either side, and no backing down. After...