Thailand’s king whooping it up in Alps with harem of 20 while his countrymen grapple with coronavirus

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn is living it up in the Alps while his countrymen grapple with coronavirus.
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn is living it up in the Alps while his countrymen grapple with coronavirus.(Suganya Samnangjam/AP Photo)

As Thailand’s king whoops it up in Germany, his citizens are getting the royal shaft.
With Thailand dealing with a plunging tourist trade brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been chilling in a four-star luxury hotel nestled in the Bavarian Alps 5,500 miles away.
But the 67-year-old monarch, who assumed the throne in 2016, isn’t alone at the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in scenic Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Accompanying the royal is an entourage of 100 and his harem — numbering at least 20 women, reported Deutsche Welle.
In late March, German media reported the king flitting about Dresden, Leipzig and Hanover in his private Boeing 737.
“The king’s behavior during the coronavirus crisis has been a disaster for the reputation of the Thai monarchy,” explained activist Andrew MacGregor Marshall. “(He is) a troubled, sadistic and authoritarian monarch who should have no place in the 21st century.”
Thai residents who dare express criticism of their leader face potentially lengthy prison terms of up to 15 years. There have been numerous cases of citizens being jailed for several years just for posting negative posts about the royal on social media.
“What do we need a king for?” exiled historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul rhetorically asked in a tweet that displayed Vajirlalongkorn’s flight path to Germany.
And younger citizens, mostly under 30, are calling for the abolition of the monarchy.
“Honestly, I already want to have a president,” wrote one anonymous social media user.

But any thought of a revolt would likely have nightmarish consequences.

With its exotic beaches deserted and beloved elephant parks shuttered, Thai tourism has been cratering amid the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, an astounding 39 million tourists flocked to the Southeast Asian nation, pumping more than $60 billion into the country’s coffers, according to BBC News.

“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,” explained Marshall. “An uprising against the monarchy would lead to mass bloodshed on the streets of Bangkok.”

Nearly 3,000 coronavirus cases in Thailand had been reported along with 54 confirmed deaths as of late Saturday, according to health tracker Worldometer.

6 comments:

  1. I don't think they are going to produce a musical about this guy...

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  2. sad thing is the globalists that are the other "choice" are even worse than the king and military

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  3. Where are the pix of the hotties tho?

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