“Anonymous must come home” trends on twitter as 20-year-old internet user set to go on trial

The hashtag #นิรนามต้องได้กลับมา (Anonymous must come home) was trending early on Thursday morning as a 20-year-old twitter user, accused of insulting the country’s monarchy, was set to go on trial in a court in Pattaya.

The twitter, identified only as นิรนาม (anonymous), has had his bailed rejected multiple times according to his lawyers despite the internet community raising over 500,000 baht for his release.

The suspect is due in court on Thursday where he will face charges of violating the Computer Crimes Act with posts that allegedly ‘threaten national security.’

Thailand’s royal family is protected by lese majeste laws. However, since the ascension of King Vajiralongkorn, the numbers of users prosecuted under the lese majeste laws have dropped. Legal group, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, say that instead authorities have been using the Computer Crimes Act to prosecute those deemed to have insulted the monarchy.

On Thursday, Twitter users used the hashtag to express their solidarity and support:

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