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| Tue Jul 28 13:50:37|
It's his birthday. And the stupid Thais think that he is their King:
Today is the 68th birthday of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The Thaiger wishes His Majesty another year of continued good health and service to the Thai people.
His Majesty has been the King of Thailand since October 13, 2016. He is the only son of former King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, the beloved monarchs who served Thailand from 1946 – 2016. In 1972, King Bhumibol bestowed on his son the title “Somdech Phra Borom Oras Adhiraj Chao Fah Maha Vajiralongkorn Sayam Makutrajakuman” and the title made him the Crown Prince and heir to the Thai throne. The King also served as a marshal in the Thai military.
After his father’s passing on October 13, 2016, he succeeded to the throne of Thailand. There was a short delay with the new King declaring that he needed “time to prepare before being proclaimed as the new king”.
He accepted the Thai throne on December 1, 2016. His Majesty’s coronation was in May 2019 over three days of high pageantry, parades and royal ceremonies.
Today is a public holiday in Thailand. The holiday completes a 4 day long weekend in the Kingdom. Yesterday was a substitute holiday for Songkran this year. The annual Songkran Thai New Year celebrations were cancelled due to the lockdowns around the country at that time. There will be two more substitute Songkran holidays this year.
To commemorate the special occasion of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua's 68th birthday, Thailand Post has issued commemorative stamps.
Stage set for drone light show this evening to mark King's birthday
| Tue Jul 28 13:55:44|
But the truth is: he is OUR King! Since March he is the German King! Though you won't read that in Thai media anywhere:
Inside the luxury hotel where Thailand's playboy king is reportedly self-isolating with 20 women during the coronavirus outbreak
Apr 6, 2020
King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand has rented out a four-star hotel in the Bavarian Alps for himself and his entourage of 20 women during the coronavirus outbreak, The Times of London reported.
The rest of Germany's hotels remain closed to tourists to curb the spread of the virus, and Thailand has announced a state of emergency.
Reports of the king's whereabouts prompted Twitter fury from residents of Thailand, despite strict laws that make insulting the king punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Maha Vajiralongkorn, known for being eccentric, has been married four times and gave his dog a four-day funeral.
Take a look inside the four-star Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl, which has rooms "fit for a king" and was once occupied by Nazis.
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King Maha Vajiralongkorn has reportedly rented out a four-star hotel in the Bavarian Alps for himself and his entourage of 20 women. The remainder of Germany's hotels have closed to tourists to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and Thailand declared a month-long state of emergency on March 26.
| Tue Jul 28 13:57:37|
Thailand's king living in luxury quarantine while his country suffers
The king of Thailand is enjoying life at a luxury hotel in Germany, while his subjects back home are suffering under coronavirus. But criticizing the monarchy is outlawed, despite the king's "embarrassing" behavior.
Life in Thailand has been brought to a standstill by the coronavirus pandemic. The normally bustling streets of Bangkok are deserted. Suvarnabhumi Airport, normally a hub of international tourism, is seeing a fraction of its usual traffic. Thailand's critical tourism industry, which made up 20% of the country's GDP in 2018, has ground to a halt.
During a crisis, people expect leaders to demonstrate solidarity and encouragement. But Thailand's king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has largely been absent from his kingdom since the coronavirus pandemic began. He has been riding out the coronavirus at a luxury hotel in the Bavarian Alps.
Vajiralongkorn enjoys special permission to reside at Hotel Sonnenbichl in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. According to local authorities, the hotel is not open for normal accommodation. The king and his entourage have special permission because they are a "single, homogeneous group of people with no fluctuation."
The king's hotel
The king is not living alone in isolation; his entourage of 100 includes a harem of at least 20 women. 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. Vajiralongkorn reportedly didn't even disembark and took off again directly after landing.
The king is known for his eccentric behavior. He officially succeeded his father to the throne in October 2016 and was coronated during a magnificent ceremony in May 2019. Rather than following in the footsteps of his father, who was revered by many Thais, Vajiralongkorn is often embroiled in scandal.
"The king's behavior during the coronavirus crisis has been a disaster for the reputation of the Thai monarchy," said journalist and activist Andrew MacGregor Marshall, adding that the king is a "troubled, sadistic and authoritarian monarch who should have no place in the 21st century."
Marshall, the author of the critical book "A Kingdom in Crisis," is allowed to say what he wants about King Vajiralongkorn. In Thailand, this kind of criticism would be severely punished under a draconian lese-majeste law, outlawing any disparaging statements or opinions about the king and the royal family.
Anyone violating the law faces up to 15 years in prison. There have been multiple cases in the past of Thais being thrown in jail for several years over posts on Facebook. Nevertheless, social media remains one of the only sources to understand how Thais, and especially the younger generation, feel about the monarchy.
Read more: Rights group slams Thailand's repressive laws to intensify crackdown on COVID-19 critics
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?" It was quickly shared thousands of times and was a trending topic for weeks.
And for a long time, several popular memes have circulated. 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."
Some users turned their criticism, which was mainly aimed at the current king, toward the institution of monarchy as a whole. 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. 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."
Some users even went so far as to implicitly demand the abolition of the monarchy: "Honestly, I already want to have a president."
However, criticism of the king and the royal family mainly comes from the younger generation, said a Thai expert, who wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons. Thais aged over 30 still stick strongly to the monarchy even if they secretly disapprove of the present king, the expert told DW.
The Thai royal family has remained silent about controversy. 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. 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.
The unloved king needs the military and its government to secure his power. The military relies on the king, because it is easier to come to terms with a monarch ruling for life than with a constantly changing set of politicians and parties in a democratic system.
Read more: Opinion: Thailand has become #Juntaland
The unbroken power of the king
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.
Vajiralongkorn has successfully pushed the kingdom towards absolute monarchy since taking office, although officially the country is still a constitutional monarchy, Marshall said.
For this purpose, the king has brought an elite unit of soldiers and policemen under his direct control. He took direct control of the assets of the royal family, formerly managed by the Crown Property Bureau (CPB). According to estimates, this amounted to $30 to $60 billion (€27.6 to €55.2 billion).
"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. An uprising against the monarchy would lead to mass bloodshed on the streets of Bangkok," Marshall said.
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. The criticism of the monarchy will probably lead to concrete policies and a weakening of the monarchy only after a generational change.
| Wed Jul 29 06:05:14|
Isolating with 20 women...hahaha
| Thu Jul 30 14:48:13|
Have to read more about our new king (translated):
On Tuesday Thailand's King Rama X celebrated his 68th birthday. The monarch cannot expect too many presents from his subjects, after all he lives almost exclusively in Germany. So Rama is said to have simply given himself presents - at the expense of the Thai taxpayers.
The "Bild" newspaper reports that the king is said to have bought six limousines of the noble Daimler brand Maybach for his birthday. The monarch is said to have ordered the bodies personally from the car manufacturer in Sindelfingen. The cheapest Maybach model has a list price of 180,000 euros - without special equipment.
Rama X. prefers Germany to Thailand
Rama X. has spent much more time in Germany than in Thailand for some years now, and in his home country the king can only be seen irregularly. Shortly before the death of his father Bhumibol in October 2016, Rama bought a villa on Lake Starnberg near Munich while still a prince. Since the outbreak of the Corona crisis, the monarch and his entourage have been living in a hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He had received special permission from the local district office to move into the hotel, while in Thailand Rama X. is persecuting activists and opponents of the regime. Criticism of the king or the monarchy is punished with severe punishments.
| Thu Jul 30 14:51:53|
Our new king is so smart (translated)
With a note on the doorbell, Thailand's king cheats Bavaria out of three billion euros
Since October 2016, Thailand's King Rama X lived in a swanky villa on Lake Starnberg. When his father Bhumibol died, he moved to the Garmisch Hotel "Sonnenbichl". He should actually have paid tax on his inheritance, but by moving to the hotel and using a somewhat brazen trick he was able to cheat the Free State out of 3 billion euros.
The then Crown Prince had inherited about 10 billion euros from his deceased father, and he also became the new Thai king. According to the inheritance tax, however, he would have had to pay 30 percent of that amount to the Free State of Bavaria, as the newspaper "Bild" reports.
So how could Rama X cheat the Free State out of 3 billion euros? According to information from the "Bild" newspaper, he had turned the actual private house into a Thai embassy with a simple note on the corner of the door of his villa in Tutzing. Two telephone numbers without a connection are said to have been written on this piece of paper.
The clou is an old convention from 1961, according to the "Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations", which was signed by almost all member states of the United Nations, diplomats are exempt from all taxes concerning their property and rented premises. Rama's calculation: By turning his villa into an embassy, he avoids the annoying tax liability.
And to be on the safe side in the long term, he promptly changed his place of residence and moved to the grand hotel "Sonnenbichl". As a hotel guest, one lives basically free of such tax obligations. The embassy note on his villa has meanwhile disappeared.
According to the report, the Greens around the deputy parliamentary party leader Tim Pargent (27) and the Bavarian member of the state parliament Claudia Köhler (53) have followed up on the matter with Ilse Aigner (55, CDU), President of the state parliament. Although she had admitted that the King would also have to fulfil his tax obligations, the "national interests of foreign relations" would have to be taken into account.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
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