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Thai junta airs videos to show detainees are well

The Thai junta on Wednesday aired on television nationwide videos of detainees in army custody, including Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan.

BANGKOK: The Thai junta on Wednesday aired on television nationwide videos of detainees in army custody, including Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan.

According to the Associated Press, the videos were an attempt to convince the public that the detainees were being treated well.

In the video, five detainees could be seen speaking with army officers at an undisclosed location.

The footage also showed Jatuporn, wearing a white t-shirt, talking to an army officer. He appeared to be at ease and was seen smiling and laughing.

But the Associated Press said that Jatuporn is unable to speak freely and the army has confiscated detainees' mobile phones.

Jatuporn was detained on 22 May when the army summoned rival political leaders for talks.

Deputy army colonel Nattawut Chancharoen said the videos were released “due to criticism and concern from everyone”.

He said no one was being tortured, and no one would be detained for more than seven days. 

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