That changed during the past year, when young protesters calling for democratic reforms also issued calls for the reform of the monarchy, which has always been regarded as an nearly sacred institution by many in Thailand.
A THAI court sentenced a woman to 43 years and six months in prison today - for sharing posts insulting the king on Facebook and Youtube. Preelert was arrested in 2015 along with numerous other members of the Banpodj Network for violation of Thailand's strict lèse-majesté laws.
Anchan pleaded guilty to being critical of the monarchy in comments and audio clips on social media, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights told The Guardian. "The guy (who made the content) had done it for so many years", Anchan said before her sentencing, according to the Associated Press.
She was first sentenced to 87 years in prison, but because she pleaded guilty, the sentence was cut in half, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights told The Guardian.
It is believed to be the longest sentence ever handed down for violating the country's lese-majeste law.
Pawinee said Anchan's sentencing was closed to the public.
Dozens of activists have been charged with lese majeste since November.
After King Maha Vajralongkorn took the throne in 2016 following his father's loss of life, he knowledgeable the federal government that he didn't want to see the lese majeste legislation used. There have been so many individuals who shared this content material and listened to it.
Many protesters felt emboldened to openly call for reform of the monarchy. The pro-democracy people have thronged into the streets of Thailand for months now. The idea of a sacrosanct monarchy and a King shielded from public scrutiny was torn apart by the younger generation. Their demands included accountability of the king under the constitution, restrictions on his powers, and transparency in his financial affairs. "It indicates that the existing centers of power in Thailand are faltering in the long term". But the protest movement charges that monarchy is unaccountable and wields too much power is what is supposed to a democratic constitutional monarchy. But with the nearly three-year hiatus of lese majeste cases over, analysts say the sentence suggests old cases will now be activated.
Reacting to Tuesday's sentencing, New York-based Human Rights Watch said the government sent a message in an effort to ward off youth-led protests against the monarchy.
Her case was earlier transferred from a military court to the Criminal Court. When her case was transferred to legal court docket, she pleaded responsible with the hope that the court docket would have sympathy for her actions, as a result of she had exclusively shared the audio, not posted or commented on it, she advised native media Tuesday on her arrival at court docket. The creator of the clips - a man who went by the name "Banpodj" - was convicted on lese majeste and has already served his sentence.
"This horrific case is yet another serious attack on Thailand's vanishing space for freedom of expression", said Yamini Mishra, Asia Pacific Regional Director at Amnesty International.