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Thai students mobilise to resist junta rule

Published on Jul 20, 2014 10:14 AM
This file photo taken on June 1, 2014 show A banner carrying a drawing depicting Thai army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha and a reference to George Orwell's famous dystopian novel "1984" is displayed during a gathering at a shopping mall which was broken up by security forces in downtown Bangkok. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - Huddled around a table at a university canteen, six Thai students draft a newsletter celebrating democracy - a meeting that would have barely attracted a glance two months ago, but could now land them in jail.

They are part of a small but growing troop of undergraduates uniting in Bangkok to resist the curtailment of civil liberties under military rule.

"We should write about what isn't being reported," says Achara, a 24-year-old languages student spurred into action by the junta's censorship of domestic media.

Democratic rights. Students and the coup. The legality of the takeover. Just some of the ideas she lists in a notepad whose cover reads "Big things often have small beginnings".

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