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Thai junta gives away film tickets to promote 'love and harmony'

Published on Jun 11, 2014 7:31 PM
 
Soldiers stand guard at a shop at Chatuchak market in Bangkok on June 8, 2014. Thailand's military junta is giving away movie tickets this weekend to promote "love and harmony", a spokesman for the junta said on Wednesday, in its latest effort to win over hearts and minds following last month's coup. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military junta is giving away movie tickets this weekend to promote "love and harmony", a spokesman for the junta said on Wednesday, in its latest effort to win over hearts and minds following last month's coup.

Thailand's army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, seized power on May 22 after six months of political unrest, including sporadic violence that left at least 28 people dead and hundreds injured.

The coup was the latest episode in a decade of conflict between the Bangkok-based royalist establishment and the rural-based supporters of ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Since then, the army has moved to silence critics. Those protesting military intervention have gathered in flash mobs in shopping malls and staged silent readings of George Orwell's 1984 novel, but numbers have dwindled in recent days.

 
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