Interrogations, informants, psychological operations and covert maneuvers have turned Thailand into a militarized society where eager collaborators and muzzled opponents are rewarded by the coup regime's "Happiness" campaign. The junta is trying to obliterate dissent with its officially concocted "Return Happiness to the Public" strategy. The slogan is repeatedly hailed in banners and broadcasts under the army's guns. The regime will "boost the people's happiness," Radio Thailand promised on June 4.
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