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Thai soldiers raid Red Shirt base in Chiang Mai

Thai soldiers on Tuesday raided a Chiang Mai hotel used as a base for Red Shirts, the movement which supports deposed premier Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin.

CHIANG MAI: Thai soldiers on Tuesday raided a Chiang Mai hotel used as a base for Red Shirts, the movement which supports deposed premier Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin.

According to Bangkok Post, the move followed anti-coup protests in the northern province.

The soldiers searched the Rak Chiang Mai 51 radio station, which is housed in the hotel, and seized documents and several electronic devices.

Bangkok Post said soldiers have searched the hotel twice since the army seized power from the civilian government.

The Red Shirts said they have been hit hard by a crackdown since army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha deposed the Thaksin-allied government last Thursday and seized wide-ranging powers.

Several activists claimed they have been hemmed in by a big army presence, detentions and closures of influential local radio stations used to spread their pro-Thaksin message.

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