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Lèse-majesté is a crime in some legal jurisdictions, notably Thailand. It is a dishonouring of the rulers of a nation state. It is a barrier to free speech.

Modern parallels

"Extremism" has been defined by the UK government as "opposition to fundamental British values". In 2015, UK Prime Minister Theresa May claimed that when "non-violent extremism goes unchallenged, the values that bind our society together fragment", leaving some room for interpretation to allow those who non-violently express those opinions to be legally challenged. This represents a more modern, less obvious form of Lèse-majesté.


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