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A man is seen with face paint reading "cancel lèse-majesté law" during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand.

Phobthum Yingpaiboonsuk / SOPA I via Reuters Connect

Thai opposition on 112: Political pragmatism or cop-out?

On Monday, an alliance of Thai opposition forces led by the progressive Move Forward Party signed a pact outlining their goals as a future coalition government. These include rewriting the constitution to clip the military's political power, breaking up business monopolies, and legalizing same-sex marriage.

But there was one glaring omission: reforming Thailand’s draconian lèse-majesté laws, which can put you behind bars for up to 15 years if you diss the monarchy.

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