Confined in good company in a luxury hotel in the German Alps, the king of Thailand raises anger in his country.
This favour was justified by a local spokesperson: “the guests constitute a unique and homogeneous group of people without any fluctuation”. An astonishing justification since 119 members of his entourage were sent back to Thailand, because suspected of having contracted the virus.
Rama X’s actions, however, has not gone down well with the citizens of his country. Thousands of Thais have criticised him online, breaking Thailand’s laws, under which those who insults or criticises the monarchy could face jail for up to 15 years.
A hashtag translating to ‘Why do we need a king’ was trending on Twitter after news broke out that the 67-year-old king was holidaying in Germany.
Vajiralongkorn took over the throne in 2016 after the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled for over 70 years and was much loved by the people. The present king, according to reports, has not made a public appearance in his country since February.
This Saturday, March 28th, the Thai Minister of Health announced 109 new cases in the country bringing the number of cases to 1388.