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Since the death of Thailand's monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct. 13, authorities have arrested ten people on lese-majeste charges after they allegedly insulted the royal family, police sources confirmed Tuesday.

Police deputy spokesman Krissana Pattanachroen told EFE a total of 25 arrest warrants have been issued during this period, mostly for allegedly posting offensive material against the monarchy on social media.

The crime of lese-majeste, part of Article 112 in the Thai Penal Code, is punishable with between three and 15 years of jail for those who criticize or make comments considered insulting against the royal family.

The death of Bhumibol, the world's longest-reigning monarch who spent 70 years on the throne, has pushed the country into mourning, also sparking greater persecution of perceived anti-monarchists.

There have been reports of instances where crowds have beaten up and forced alleged critics to kneel in the streets.

Last week, Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, announced a campaign to implement extradition treaties with other countries for the arrest and handover of fugitives accused of lese-majeste.

Authorities have also sought help from technological giant Google to block videos and web portals containing slanderous messages against the royals.

Officials said around 380 websites have been censored and 100 videos removed from the Google subsidiary YouTube in the past week, as cited in statements to the Bangkok Post.

There has been a marked rise in lese-majeste charges and arrests since the military junta came to power in the country in May 2014.

While six people were serving sentences before the coup, the number of those jailed for lese-majeste offenses now totals above 60, according to local human rights organization iLaw.