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    Amnesty International condemns arrest of Facebook users

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    Amnesty International condemns arrest of Facebook users

    The Nation April 28, 2016 1:50 pm

    The Amnesty International Thursday condemned the arrest of Facebook users, an act seen by the AI as the junta’s brazen attempt to shut down debate ahead a referendum on a draft constitution.

    On Wednesday, Col Winthai Suvari, the spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order admitted Wednesday that ten civilians have been detained under the provision of the draconian Article 44 of the interim charter. He said two have been detained in Khon Kaen and eight in Bangkok and no charges have been raised against the ten yet..............(more)

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    Re: Amnesty International condemns arrest of Facebook users

    Here in China they've banned Facebook, twitter and the like. Most people think it's because they're communists, which is a ridiculous, yet worryingly common belief. China may call themselves commies but they're not. Few countries are. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels would turn in their graves if they could see China now. In reality, they're somewhere between totalitarian and fascism. Anyway, the reason "western" social media is banned and the Chinese versions of these media's are heavily censored, is so that the ideals of activists, protesters and free thinkers can't spread. It's also to stop the possibility of people with thoughts that aren't in line with the governments, meeting and planning anything.

    After reading this, it makes me wonder if the Junta will start banning social media too. If the Thai people don't have the right to protest against a regime or government, then what does the democracy monument in Bangkok stand for?

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    Re: Amnesty International condemns arrest of Facebook users

    Thailand’s Junta Jails Eight from Facebook Group Charged with Sedition


    BANGKOK – A military court in Thailand on Friday jailed eight activists who posted comments on Facebook critical of the ruling junta and a military-backed draft constitution, the latest opponents of the government penalised for airing dissent.

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    Re: Amnesty International condemns arrest of Facebook users

    Watana remains critical of military junta over arrest of 8 activists
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    Defiant Pheu Thai party's former MP Watana Muangsook continued criticising the military junta strongly over the arrest of eight activists and refusal of bails by the Military Court yesterday.

    In his comment on Facebook page, Watana said the action was a shock to all lawyers in the world when these eight people were arrested and denied bails when they just ridiculed the prime minister by posting his pictures on the page with funny captions, but were put on trial in the Military Court for national security threat charge.

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