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    Growing dissent against Thai coup-makers

    In spite of the local television shows and the announcements from the "National Council of Peace and Order" and even the coup commander, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the situation in Thailand has not returned to normal and is not expected to in the near future. The absence of any form of civilian-led, democratically elected government is a grave worry for Thais in our own nation.

    Many, whether they are aligned with the "Red Shirt" pro-democracy movement, academics in Thailand's many education of higher learning, or even student activists and leaders of communities in the countryside, citizens are worried about the illegal detention, arrests, disappearance, threats and harassment.

    The public have not escaped the grip of army rule in our country, we hear, see and feel the overwhelming presence of the army from the curfews, the censorship of media, the army "advice" given to journalists, the threats to filter the internet, the broadcast of "unity" as demanded by the army, and the punishment of the military courts on civilians.

    Yes we are very, very worried.

    But this has not stopped the daily expressions from our people to show the world that we will not surrender to repression. It is difficult to assemble in public and the army and now the police do not tolerate peaceful demonstration. It is also hard to talk about it on the internet as the army has support from people who do not agree with the democratic ideals of the majority.

    Last Sunday, the army pushed over 6000 soldiers in Bangkok to guard public areas, prevent and intimidate citizens from expressing themselves - in our own country! The army's "Happiness" campaign has forced a smile to our face in the land where there is no smile at all.

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