Burning down the house I

Reuters has a report on the latest arrests that seem likely to result in another clutch of lese majeste charges, with four men and a boy arrested on 19 May 2017 “for allegedly setting fire to portraits of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died last year.”

There’s not much to the report, not least because it repeats several standard and unthinking lines about monarch and Thais.

The suspects were arrested in Khon Kaen and the “case is being processed and under investigation at this time…”. How that is done is a mystery because the names of the men are unknown and they are not in Khon Kaen, as all five “have been transferred to the 11th Army Circle base in Bangkok,” presumably to be threatened and tortured.

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