Monday 5 December 2016

Thai woman accused of insulting country's late king forced to kneel before his portrait

Published 17/10/2016 | 08:38

Thais cry outside Siriraj Hospital where King Bhumibol Adulyadej was treated in Bangkok (AP)
Thais cry outside Siriraj Hospital where King Bhumibol Adulyadej was treated in Bangkok (AP)

A Thai woman accused of insulting the country's late king has been forced to kneel before his portrait outside a police station on the island of Samui as several hundred people bayed for an apology.

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The woman's arrest and public shaming on Sunday was the latest of several such incidents since King Bhumibol Adulyadej died last week, plunging Thailand into mourning.

Authorities are also urging calm on social media amid criticism of people who are not wearing black and white clothing to mourn the revered monarch.

A government spokesman said some Thais cannot afford mourning clothes and urged tolerance.

There have been reports of price rises as demand for such clothing has surged.

Foreign governments have warned citizens in Thailand to avoid behaviour that could be interpreted as disrespectful.

A Thai woman holds a candle outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, as thousands of mourners paid their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (AP)
A Thai woman holds a candle outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, as thousands of mourners paid their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (AP)
A woman carries a portrait of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok. REUTERS
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at Siriraj Hospital on Thursday, aged 88 (AP)
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (AP)
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (AP)

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