Thai Generals Go After Exiles and Academics

The Thai Foreign Ministry in Bangkok has called home Thai ambassadors and consuls general from 22 countries in a bid to find ways to work with their host countries to repatriate academics and others critical of the junta. Many in academic or other posts overseas have been deeply critical of the new regime headed by Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha in the wake of the May 22 coup. The deepening crackdown has forced as many as 350 activists to appear before the junta for “talks” aimed at curbing dissent before being arrested and detained for up to seven days.

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