This is what happens when you insult the new Thai king

This is what happens when you insult the new Thai king

The Football Association of Thailand has said it may hold a World Cup qualifier behind closed doors while the nation mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej and all forms of entertainment are reined in.

"On the matter of succession, in accordance with the constitution, citizens in Thailand and overseas should not be anxious or concerned", Prayuth told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

A woman accused of insulting the kooky crown prince of Thailand was publicly humiliated and forced to grovel beneath a portrait of the country's late king, according to reports Monday.

Two police officers led 43-year-old Umaporn Sarasat to a picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and told her to get down on her knees and bow towards the picture.

On October 13, the prime minister said that Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn had asked for some time before the coronation to mourn his father, which heated speculation that the throne might be empty for an indefinite time.

But it has also unleashed small but vocal ultra-monarchist forces, including mobs and online crusaders scouring the Web and bent on punishing anyone perceived to have insulted the monarchy.

'We are going to proceed with the case as best we can, ' district police chief Thewes Pleumsud told the crowd. "I understand your feelings".

The woman's arrest and public shaming on Sunday was the latest of several such incidents since King Bhumibol Adulyadej died last week after a reign of 70 years, plunging Thailand into intense mourning. You came here out of loyalty to his Majesty.

Government officials have urged Thais to be calm and understanding to others who might not be able to afford black clothing.

Bhumibol's body is being kept at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, where tens of thousands of Thais have descended.

The portrait was placed outside a police station on the tourist island of Koh Samui as hundreds of people demanded that she apologized.

Criticism of the monarch, the regent and the heir, known by the French term lese majeste, is a crime that carries a jail sentence of up to 15 years in Thailand.

The operator of Thailand's main cable TV network has blocked foreign news broadcasts deemed insensitive to the monarchy since Bhumibol's death.