Thai activist sentenced for wearing dress seen as insulting queen

Thailand's court has sentenced a protester to two years in prison for insulting the monarchy by wearing a Thai traditional dress at a demonstration, an act believed to be mocking the Queen.

On Monday, a criminal court sentenced the 23-year old for joining a satirical fashion show in Bangkok in October 2020. The event called for reforming the country's monarchy.

Thousands of anti-government protesters had filled Thailand's streets after July, 2020, demanding resignation of the country's prime minister who came to power when he led a coup in 2014. Some people also criticized the monarchy amid severe conditions during the pandemic.

The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights group has said more than 200 activists have been charged with insulting the monarchy in the past two years.