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    Posted May 24, 2014 by
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
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    For several months, they held daily rallies in Chiang Mai at the North Gate area of the city. Police started moving among them two days ago, and the loudspeakers were shut down, but no one was removed until the military arrived late in the afternoon of Saturday, May 24. They quickly moved the handful of protesters across the street, and then let them vent for a few hours. Most left.
    After night fell, remaining protestors were forced into large Military Police paddy wagons, and removed from the scene. All area roads leading in and out were closed.
    When I left, all the soldiers remained on duty, and appeared ready to stay the night. The only civilians left were curious bystanders who had managed to enter the conflict zone on foot.
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