One of the eight people charged with sedition and computer crimes (black shirt) is escorted as he arrives at the military court in Bangkok, Thailand April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
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Nine activists who posted comments critical of Thailand's ruling junta and a military-backed draft constitution on Facebook have been jailed, police said Saturday, the latest opponents of the government penalized for airing dissent.Eight activists were detained by the military Wednesday over Facebook posts criticizing the draft and junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha. They were charged with sedition, computer crimes and two of them face additional charges of breaking Thailand's royal defamation law, known as Article 112 .The junta has appeared increasingly jittery ahead of the Aug. 7 referendum on the constitution, which the country's two biggest political parties have both criticized as undemocratic.Sunai Phasuk, senior Thailand researcher at Human Rights Watch, said the protests had rattled the military.
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