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Thai military arrest southern political activist, red shirt

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Thai soldiers at Chang Phueak Gate in Chiang Mai. Photo: Takeaway.

After series of arson and bomb attacks rocked five provinces in Southern Thailand on mother’s day and Thursday night, the Thai military arrested and taken a southern political activist and a red shirt into military barracks.

Many military officers from Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) of Phraya Ratsadanu Pradit Camp, police and administrative officers in Huai Yot District of the southern province of Trang at 6:30 am on Saturday, 13 August 2016, arrested Prapas Rotchanapitak, a local political and human rights activist.

The authorities searched his house and confiscated his mobile phone, bank account, ipad, a diary and documents about political movements of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD), the main red shirt faction affiliated with Thaksin Shinawatra.

The authorities cited Section 44 of the Interim Charter which gives the authorities absolute power in maintaining security to arrest and search Prapas’ house.

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