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Military raids and Thai Red Shirt disquiet

As the Thai military junta stages “” projects in Bangkok, complete with and army selfie stands, locals in this northeastern city are talking about a different kind of performance. They whisper about armed soldiers entering villages without warning, summoning dissidents with knocks on their doors, and raiding homes and “” radio stations. The northeast is home to many of the country’s poor and rising middle-class farmers, labourers and service workers, and it is also a stronghold of the Red Shirts. These voters are largely supporters of a formerly deposed prime minister, , who won them over with populist policies that helped improve living conditions and dramatically reduced poverty. The…