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Newsline: Remarks of US ambassador spark protest in Thailand

Dozens of demonstrators gathered at the United States embassy in Bangkok on Friday to protest against new American ambassador Glyn Davies’ criticism of Thailand’s lese majeste law. A few dozen police officers stood in front of the embassy as protesters held placards saying “This is Thailand, not the USA” and “Go, Go Home” accusing the envoy of meddling in the country’s domestic affairs. On Wednesday Mr Davies expressed concern about prison terms handed down under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, the lese majeste law.



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