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Thai Demonstrators Plan Protest Against Royal Defamation Law

Protest leaders speak during a pro-democracy rally in Bangkok on Dec. 6.
Protest leaders speak during a pro-democracy rally in Bangkok on Dec. 6.Photographer: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images
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Thailand’s pro-democracy groups will hold a gathering this week to press for the abolition of a law that penalizes insulting and criticizing the nation’s top royals, after authorities invoked the act against protest leaders who are demanding monarchy reform.

The protesters, who have been rallying regularly in capital Bangkok and other cities since mid-July, will hold “an important event” on Dec. 10, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration said on Twitter. The day also marks Thailand’s Constitution Day and International Human Rights Day.