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PHOTOS: ‘Hunger Games’ protesters challenge Thailand’s eccentric king

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  • Protests have erupted in Thailand as anti-government demonstrators demand democratic reforms, the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, and curbs on the royal family’s power and budget.
  • King Maha Vajiralongkorn is famous for his mistresses, crop tops, and globetrotting ways. 
  • The student-led protests defied a government-issued emergency decree on Thursday, which banned large gatherings of more than five people.
  • Protesting against royal reforms is extremely dangerous in Thailand, which has some of the strictest lèse-majesté (to do wrong to majesty) laws in the world.
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In the last week, Thailand has seen some of its biggest anti-government protests in decades as thousands of students took to the streets to demand democratic reforms.

Protesters are demanding the removal of Prime Minister and former military leader Pray uth Chan-o-cha.

They are also calling for curbs on the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a ruler famous for his mistresses, crop tops, and globetrotting ways. 

Thailand has some of the strictest lèse-majesté (to do wrong to majesty) laws in the world, with some protesters facing up to 15 years in prison if charged.

Scroll down to see what is happening in the Southeast Asian country.

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