King Maha Vajiralongkorn at the graduation ceremony of Thammasat University in Bangkok on Friday. Photo: AFP
King Maha Vajiralongkorn at the graduation ceremony of Thammasat University in Bangkok on Friday. Photo: AFP
Thailand

Thai political crisis: can King Vajiralongkorn and monarchy emerge unscathed from their greatest challenge?

  • Thai king’s best option in responding to pro-democracy groups’ demands – and preserving the monarchy – could turn on mass-mobilising royalist supporters
  • Analysts fear the worst should he take action against protesters, with one warning, ‘He is known for his willingness to use violence against people who displease him’

King Maha Vajiralongkorn at the graduation ceremony of Thammasat University in Bangkok on Friday. Photo: AFP
King Maha Vajiralongkorn at the graduation ceremony of Thammasat University in Bangkok on Friday. Photo: AFP
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