A Thai woman who allegedly insulted the country’s late king Bhumibol Adulyadej was forced to kneel before his portrait on Sunday.
The incident happened outside a police station on the tourist island of Samui as several hundred people demanded that she apologized.
Two police officers led 43-year-old UmaP0*n Sarasat to a picture of the late monarch in front of Bophut police station on Samui, where she knelt and prayed, both on the way into the station and the way out.
The crowd, some of whom held aloft portraits of Bhumibol , jeered when she first appeared. A line of police officers linked arms to keep them from surging forward.
According to reports, Sarasat posted disrespectful comments online, and will face charges of insulting the monarchy.
“We are going to proceed with the case as best we can,” district police chief Thewes Pleumsud said to the crowd. “I understand your feelings. You came here out of loyalty to his majesty. Don’t worry, I give you my word.”