New hashtag trends on Twitter after another citizen is charged with lese-majeste

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A new hashtag about Thailand’s lese majeste law trended on Thai Twitter Thursday night after yet another citizen was charged with violating the law.

The hashtag #saveพรพิมล (Save Pornpimol) was tweeted more than 100,000 times as of Friday morning.

Pro-democracy netizens said they were trying to raise awareness after the arrest of a 22-year-old woman who was allegedly the mastermind behind a Facebook page posting anti-monarchy comments.

Pornpimol, whose real name has not been given, was called into a local Chiang Mai police station on Wednesday night. She was denied bail on Thursday evening, with police detaining her at Chiang Mai Central Prison, according to local media reports.

Pornpimol is among the 13 citizens currently detained for violation of the lese-majeste law. Over 70 people have been arrested for the crime, which rights groups say is draconian and outdated, since the pro-democracy movement began last July.

Many netizens, including model and former Miss Universe Thailand contestant Chayathanus “Cheraim” Saradatta, took to social media to express their outrage with the Thai justice and democratic system.

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