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Thai pro-democracy protesters arrested as fatigue on junta rule grows

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THAI police detained at least eight leaders and several other activists of an anti-junta protest on Tuesday who had tried to mark the fourth anniversary of a coup by marching to Government House, one of the largest acts of dissent since the army grabbed power.

Protest leaders flashed a three finger salute as they were led into a police van — a resistance symbol borrowed by Thailand’s anti-coup movement from the Hollywood movie “The Hunger Games”.

Disquiet with the junta is simmering in Thailand, despite a ban on political gatherings since a coup toppled the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra on May 22, 2014.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha, who as army chief booted Yingluck’s administration from power, has suggested elections will be held in February next year.

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But the timetable for a return to democracy has repeatedly slipped and patience with his junta is wearing thin among many sections of Thai society.

Starting at sunrise, hundreds of student activists and middle-aged “Red Shirt” supporters of the toppled civilian government gathered to march from a university where they had camped overnight to the seat of........

© Asian Correspondent