Chiang Mai Activists Hold Anti-Coup Vigil

(14 January) A group of Chiang Mai University academics and students has held a candlelit vigil to oppose any possible military coup.

Thailand is once again gripped by rumours that the army might stage a coup to oust the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, amid the ongoing mass protests against her.
 
Over 100 people joined the vigil, which was held this evening in front of Kawila army barrack in Chiang Mai′s Mueang district. Some activists placed candles around the barrack′s entrance, while others held up placards expressing support for non-violence and democracy.
 
The students and academics also staged a brief sit-in to voice their opposition to "civil war" and military coup.
 
Although the army did not send any representative to meet with the group, some soldiers could be seen treating the protesters with friendly gestures throughout the vigil. 
 
 

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