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Thai students vow to fight junta-backed constitution

Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 01:18

Student activists pledge to continue fighting Thailand's new military-backed constitution after the nation voted to accept it and despite the threat of detention for speaking against the document. Gavino Garay reports.

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With nearly all the ballots counted, Thai voters have approved a military-backed constitution in a referendum. It's considered Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's biggest test at the ballot box since the junta he leads seized power in a 2014 coup. The military says the constitution is designed to heal more than a decade of divisive politics in Thailand, that has dented economic growth and left scores dead in civil unrest. But major political parties and government critics say it will enshrine the military's political role for years to come. Chanoknan Ruamsap is spokesman for the student-led New Democracy Movement. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) SPOKESMAN OF NEW DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT, CHANOKNAN RUAMSAP, SAYING: "We continue to oppose this constitution. We will continue to oppose it and call on the government to revise this unjust document." The junta had banned debate on the constitution before the vote and detained dozens for speaking against the document. Sunday's voter outcome paves the way for a general election next year, but will require Thailand's elected officials to rule on the military's terms.

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Thai students vow to fight junta-backed constitution

Sunday, August 07, 2016 - 01:18