An anti-coup protester holds up a sign past soldiers as she takes part in a rally at Victory Monument in Bangkok on May 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT
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From teachers and tour guides to financial consultants, a small band of anti-coup protesters from a spectrum of Thailand's divided society is taking to the streets to defy the kingdom's new junta.The daily rallies have become a cat-and-mouse game between protesters and the army, posing a direct challenge to the tough-talking junta, which has warned it will not brook any dissent.The regime is monitoring social media, has cordoned off roads to stop protesters massing and coralled those brave enough to attend rallies with troops armed with riot shields and weapons.It has not -- so far -- used force to end the rallies.Nine protesters have been arrested in Bangkok and have been taken into police custody, according to the authorities.The army chief has threatened a wider crackdown and even warned that the families of protesters were vulnerable.
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