Thai well-wishers sing while holding up portraits of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej
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Thai park exposes corruption claims and murky politics

When the Thai army decided to use a plot of land to construct a park containing 14 metre-high bronze statues of seven past kings, it must have seemed an ideal way for the military to demonstrate its abiding loyalty to the monarchy.

A year later, Rajabhakti Park has become a millstone around the neck of the military government, and a symbol of how their efforts to promote the monarchy - at an awkward moment as Thailand faces its first royal succession in nearly 70 years - can go wrong.

The BBC's Jonathan Head reports.

  • 11 Dec 2015
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