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Thai king says people should love country and monarchy

A royalist holds a picture of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn near the Royal Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand, October 14, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn said “the country needs people who love the country and love the monarchy”, in pre-recorded comments broadcast on state television on Friday from an event a day earlier.

The king has made no direct comment on three months of protests that have called for curbs to his powers as well as for the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former military ruler.

The king was addressing a group of ex-communists in northern Thailand.

“All your experience and the things that you’ve done. You can teach the new generation of your experience. This will be greatly useful,” he told them.

Editing by Matthew Tostevin