The kingdom’s draconian lese majeste law carries a sentence of up to 15 years per charge, making reporting of any criticism by Thailand-based media forbidden.
The subversive protest was held at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, built to mark the 1932 revolution that established a constitutional monarchy.
Analysts say the kingdom risks slipping back towards absolutism under the reign of Rama X and the hardline royalist generals around him.
The pandemic has also sent Thailand’s economy into freefall, laying bare the inequalities of a society perceived to favor the elite pro-military establishment.
Young Thais on Monday harpooned the government for its mishandling of the economy, calling a protester dressed as deputy prime minister Prawit Wongsuwan a “tax eater”, referencing the “death eaters” of the Harry Potter world.