CRITICAL CONDITION

Photos: Thais pray for gravely ill King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, remains in hospital in an “unstable condition.” The 88-year-old underwent dialysis treatment over the weekend, and the latest bulletin from the royal palace on Wednesday said he appears to have a blood infection.

In a country deeply divided along religious and class lines, and which since 2014 has been run by a military junta, the king remains a highly revered and unifying figure. Though the king has been sick for some years, observers note that the frequency of the palace’s announcements and choice of language suggests the king’s condition is critical.

Thais have been sharing their well-wishes for the king on social media using the hashtag #LongLiveTheKing:

Hundreds of people have also been gathering at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital to pray for the king. Many wore pink, considered an auspicious color in Thailand, or yellow, the king’s color.

Thai people pray for King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital where the king is being treated in Bangkok Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A well-wisher weeps as she prays for King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Siriraj hospital where he is residing in Bangkok, Thailand October 12, 2016. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A Thai carries a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej from a shop in Bangkok, Thailand, 12 October 2016. (EPA/Rungroj Yongrit)
Thai Buddhist monks walk next to portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej displayed for sale at a shop in Bangkok, Thailand, 12 October 2016. (EPA/Rungroj Yongrit)
Thais weep behind portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they pray for the king at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, 12 October 2016. (EPA/Rungroj Yongrit)
Peope pray for Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Siriraj hospital where he is residing in Bangkok, Thailand October 12, 2016. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)

King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s named successor is Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, who spends much of his time outside Thailand. He is reportedly visiting his father in the hospital, and is due to meet with the military government.

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