Vajiralongkorn has successfully pushed the kingdom towards absolute monarchy since taking office, although officially the country is still a constitutional monarchy, Marshall said. Thailand has repeatedly assured Germany that the Thai king is not conducting government business while in Germany, a spokeswoman of the foreign office in Berlin said on Wednesday. HAMBURG, Germany -- German media that took a close interest in Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn while he was residing in a Bavarian mansion, … Last week in Berlin, the German government faced questions in Parliament over the king’s legal status in Bavaria, where he resides. Vajiralongkorn reportedly didn't even disembark and took off again directly after landing. And for a long time, several popular memes have circulated. Thailand: Prayuth refuses to resign despite protests, Thai protesters march on German embassy to seek probe of king. Thailand’s strict lese-majeste laws forbid reports on the royal family’s private life, and videos or articles reporting on the new king’s luxury lifestyle have been blocked in the country. The hotel received special permission from local authorities to open for the king and his entourage of 20 women, The Times of London reported. | Mobile version, Rights group slams Thailand's repressive laws to intensify crackdown on COVID-19 critics. Thai … Read more: Opinion: Thailand has become #Juntaland. Berlin has already said it would be unacceptable for the king to conduct politics from Germany, and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says it will continue to monitor his behaviour when he is in Bavaria. For Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the cocoon has come undone with remarkable speed. Subscribe to Corona Compact — DW's newsletter tracking coronavirus in Asia, Vajiralongkorn enjoys special permission to reside at Hotel Sonnenbichl in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Read more: Rights group slams Thailand's repressive laws to intensify crackdown on COVID-19 critics. Legal notice | Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the … International relations Thailand king's visa comes under scrutiny of German Greens. According to local authorities, the hotel is not open for normal accommodation. Germany warned of “immediate consequences” if Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn broke the law on its soil as thousands of protesters gathered outside its … King Vajiralongkorn has long been a controversial figure in Thailand, and despite the threat of 35 years in prison, he is often criticised in his home country, albeit in private. The king of Thailand has pardoned his concubine after throwing her in jail last year and had her flown to Germany to join his Alpine harem, it is … At the end of March, German media reported the king was jet-setting around Germany in a private Boeing 737, visiting Hanover, Leipzig and Dresden. King Vajiralongk… THAILAND'S king has taken over a luxury German hotel to isolate himself from the coronavirus, and has brought a harem of 20 women along with him, according to reports. Rather than following in the footsteps of his father, who was revered by many Thais, Vajiralongkorn is often embroiled in scandal. No evidence Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn broke laws while living in Germany, reports say The Thai king has spent the majority of his time over the past several years living in Germany I want people to read or listen to lectures about this topic and crystallize systematically why it had to exist, why it was regarded as very important and why, at the moment, it doesn't seem necessary. Germany has warned of “immediate consequences” if Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is found to have violated the law on its soil while protesters gathered in thousands outside its embassy in Bangkok on October 26. Very few would ever contemplate crossing continents to attend a dinner party. He says that the ballot was fair. The leaders of the anti-military Future Forward party have been banned from participating in politics for 10 years after the Consitutional Court dissolved the party over a $6 million loan from the founder. A user on Facebook, for instance, wrote: "Seeing people questioning why we need a king on Twitter makes me happy but I want it to go beyond just insulting him on Twitter. The king of Thailand is enjoying life at a luxury hotel in Germany, while his subjects back home are suffering under coronavirus. Pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the sexagenarian king has lodged himself at Germany’s Hotel Sonnenbichl. The King of Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn has caused outrage after he took a 9,000km flight to attend a dinner party last week. Nevertheless, social media remains one of the only sources to understand how Thais, and especially the younger generation, feel about the monarchy. The Kingdom of Thailand is going through the Coronavirus crisis. In recent development concerning Thailand, Angela Merkel’s government has warned Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn to refrain from governing the Asian nation from "German soil". “The German government has taken the view that it is not yet of the opinion that the Thai king has continuously conducted business,” the source said. It appears that King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s social calendar stops for no pandemic. HAMBURG, Germany -- German media that took a close interest in Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn while he was residing in a Bavarian mansion, the Villa Stolberg in … King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, of Thailand, has reportedly booked an entire luxury hotel in Germany for himself and an entourage of 20 women and servants. The world knows Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn as a playboy who has churned through four wives, lives among lots of women in a German hotel … South Korea’s Ulsan win Asian Champions League, Trump downplays massive cyberattack on US government agencies, France’s Macron in stable condition after positive COVID test, Sudanese protesters demand ‘justice’ two years after uprising, In wake of election loss, Trump’s enemies list keeps expanding, UK imposes tighter curbs amid confirmation of new COVID strain, Stuck in Guantanamo for 12 years, Afghan inmate’s health at risk, How Huntington and Fukuyama got the 21st century wrong, Al Jazeera Centre for Public Liberties & Human Rights. Thailand’s controversial king has been self-isolating in a luxury hotel in the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen with his entourage. Since the outbreak of novel coronavirus, Thai king Maha Vajiralongkorn is staying in a German hotel with his entourage of servants and harem of 20 women By Shubhangi Shah May 7, 2020 Thailand has witnessed about 2,992 Covid-19 cases with 55 deaths. Protests against King Maha Vajiralongkorn Months of anti-government protests have called for Prayuth’s resignation and reform to powerful monarchy. But Thailand's king Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, has been absent from his kingdom. He took direct control of the assets of the royal family, formerly managed by the Crown Property Bureau (CPB). “It is very obvious that many find what the Thai king is doing very problematic, but the government says it is not yet the problem of continuous government business,” the source told Reuters. Experts, however, believe that although a majority of younger Thais are critical of the king, they don't account for a majority of the population. A particularly biting example uses HBO's Game of Thrones: "We don't go serving some shit king who's only king because his father was. The life of King Vajiralongkorn, who on Sunday will finally be crowned in Thailand two years after ascending the throne, has been defined by both … Following a meeting of the Bundestag’s Committee of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, the source said that the government had told MPs that it believed the king was permitted to make occasional decisions, as long as he did not continuously conduct business from German soil. Thailand's critical tourism industry, which made up 20% of the country's GDP in 2018, has ground to a halt. These are billboards and signs seen everywhere in Thailand, including at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. The normally bustling streets of Bangkok are deserted. Thailand’s political crisis has made the king’s presence a challenge for Germany, but revoking the visa of a visiting head of state could cause a considerable diplomatic incident. He accused superiors of trying to interfere with verdicts. The Thai king has almost permanently resided in Germany since he acceded to the Thai throne in 2016. The King is currently quarantining outside of Thailand- not even in Asia. The 2017 Constitution of Thailand was approved in a referendum in 2016, and was endorsed by King Maha Vajiralongkorn on 6 April 2017, Chakri day, in a ceremony at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. (03.03.2020), © 2020 Deutsche Welle | But he is in Germany and there can be nothing to stop the German media from publishing his saucy stories and disseminating them through social networks. "It's clear that the king does not have the support of most Thais, but it will be very difficult to challenge his power because of his control over the military. (21.02.2020), A judge has died in an apparent suicide in protest over Thailand's judicial system, which has long been criticized for alleged corruption and bias. He officially succeeded his father to the throne in October 2016 and was coronated during a magnificent ceremony in May 2019. Germany doubts Thailand's king will return to Bavaria Nikkei Asian Review 08:16 11-Dec-20. Berlin has said it would be unacceptable for King Maha Vajiralongkorn to conduct politics in Germany. Previously regarded as the playboy son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Vajiralongkorn was once spotted roaming the streets of Munich, sporting a crop top and tattoos (believed to be fake). ", Some users even went so far as to implicitly demand the abolition of the monarchy: "Honestly, I already want to have a president.". Germany has warned of “immediate consequences” if Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn is found to have violated the law on its soil while protesters gathered in thousands outside its embassy in Bangkok on October 26. Long live the King! The king and his entourage have special permission because they are a "single, homogeneous group of people with no fluctuation.". The accompanying picture was unambiguous: The military-backed government that took power in the aftermath of the 2014 coup protects the king, and the military and the monarchy are interdependent. We use cookies to improve our service for you. But on March 22, Puttipong Punnakanta, minister for digital and social affairs, warned in a tweet that it's dangerous to post content online that endangers national security. However, his latest trip to Bangkok represents a violation of those quarantine rules. King Vajiralongkorn, 68, has been on Thailand’s throne since 2016, but spends much of his time in Bavaria, where his 15-year-old son is at school. Prayuth has ignored the demands to quit and said the crisis should be discussed in parliament, where he has a majority. According to Metro, the country’s King escaped his quarantine to attend a lavish party held in celebration of Chakri Memorial Day on 6th April. Germany warned of “immediate consequences” if Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn broke the law on its soil as thousands of protesters gathered outside its embassy in … The country is under a state of emergency and as people cope with the… For this purpose, the king has brought an elite unit of soldiers and policemen under his direct control. BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister has said that Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn should not be conducting politics from the European country, where he spends much of his time. Despite the risks, a tweet from exiled historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul circulated in Thai social media at the end of March, showing the king's flight path to Germany and asking in Thai: "What do we need a king for?" The billionaire king of Thailand is running out of friends, at home and abroad. According to reports in Thailand and major news publications in Germany, King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been isolating with an entourage of at least 100 people and a harem of 20 women, and has broken a string of public health laws concerning COVID-19 that ordinary citizens are expected to follow. ", Some users turned their criticism, which was mainly aimed at the current king, toward the institution of monarchy as a whole. The king is known for his eccentric behavior. The king is not living alone in isolation; his entourage of 100 includes a harem of at least 20 women. According to estimates, this amounted to $30 to $60 billion (€27.6 to €55.2 billion). Germany warned of “immediate consequences” if Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn broke the law on its soil as thousands of protesters gathered outside its … Yet, that’s exactly what the Thai King did last week. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn succeeds his father Bhumibol Adulyadej as King of Thailand. The criticism of the monarchy will probably lead to concrete policies and a weakening of the monarchy only after a generational change. Thai expert Marshall does not believe that the growing displeasure with the king will lead to concrete steps against the monarchy because of the military's support for the king. Since 2007, the Thai king has spent long periods of time in Bavaria in southern Germany. Opposition parties told him he should step down for the good of the country and stop using his proclaimed support for the monarchy as an argument to stay in power. The king in recent weeks has been in Thailand with a busy schedule of ceremonial events. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has reportedly freed his former concubine from jail and flown her to Germany to join his 'harem'.. BERLIN (BLOOMBERG) - The German government has found no evidence that Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has done anything illegal while living there, the German … His entourage of 100 reportedly includes servants and his harem of at least 20 women. King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand is reportedly staying in a four-star hotel in the Bavarian Alps while most of Germany's hotels remain closed to tourists during the coronavirus outbreak. In an intriguing new twist to Thailand’s ongoing political drama, Germany’s foreign minister has said that King Maha Vajiralongkorn should not be engaging in … "We have made clear that the policies that affect the country Thailand are not to be carried out from German soil," Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas said in early October. Thailand's king should not reign from German soil, Berlin says Giulia Saudelli 10/16/2020 Live updates: Utah issues mask mandate as U.S. set to pass 10 million coronavirus cases Suvarnabhumi Airport, normally a hub of international tourism, is seeing a fraction of its usual traffic. But Thailand's king Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, has been absent from his kingdom. An uprising against the monarchy would lead to mass bloodshed on the streets of Bangkok," Marshall said. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who spends much of his time in Germany, in a … Anyone violating the law faces up to 15 years in prison. In the last month. BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister has said that Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn should not be conducting politics from the European country, where he spends much of his time. THAILAND'S king has taken over a luxury German hotel to isolate himself from the coronavirus, and has brought a harem of 20 women along with him, according to reports. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who spends much of his time in Germany, in a … Long live the King! The Thai king has not made a public appearance in his home country since February, reported The Times. The 2017 Constitution of Thailand was approved in a referendum in 2016, and was endorsed by King Maha Vajiralongkorn on 6 April 2017, Chakri day, in a ceremony at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. The king of Thailand is enjoying life at a luxury hotel in Germany, while his subjects back home are suffering under coronavirus. But Thailand's king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has largely been absent from his kingdom since the coronavirus pandemic began. The unloved king needs the military and its government to secure his power. For Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the cocoon has come undone with remarkable speed. His Majesty congratulates King of Thailand Times of Oman 14:17 6-Dec-20. King Vajiralongkorn is currently weathering the coronavirus pandemic in Germany. Youth- and student-led protests began in Thailand in July to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha – a former army ruler – and a new constitution but have increasingly sought reforms to the monarchy, an unprecedented move in a country where the royal family is protected by strict laws. While addressing the German parliament on October 10, foreign minister Heiko Maas was questioned about the Thai monarch. But criticizing the monarchy is outlawed, despite the king's "embarrassing" behavior. Thai protesters have accused King Maha Vajiralongkorn of conducting state business, including signing royal decrees, while he was on German soil. Thailand's king Maha Vajiralongkorn may be expelled from Germany if he issues decrees from his Bavarian villa, the Bundestag has said, Deutsche Welle reports. His reign in Thailand began in 2016 after the death of his father, Bhumibol. The pro-democracy protesters have accused the king of involvement in the country’s politics. 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