Authorities arrested a Thai activist’s mother on May 6 for writing a one-word reply to a Facebook message condemning Thailand’s monarchy.
Thailand police argue 40-year-old Patnaree Chankij’s response, “Yeah,” to 28-year-old Burin Intin’s message insulting the country’s royalty meant she, too, broke the law, The New York Times reports.
Under Thailand’s lese-majeste law, it is illegal to state anything offensive about Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej or his family. Intin was arrested in April 2016 for doing so.
Now Chankij may be facing up to 15 years in jail for responding to him.
Many argue it’s unfair to arrest Chankij, as she didn’t specifically agree with Intin’s statement. “Yeah” could mean she agreed, but it could also indicate she was merely listening.