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Thai police detain 8 anti-coup protesters

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BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested eight people for protesting the nation’s military junta, including a man holding up a copy of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” outside one of Bangkok’s busiest malls.

Handfuls of anti-coup protesters have read copies of the book at silent readings in public because they say its indictment of totalitarianism is now relevant in Thailand after its elected government was ousted in a May 22 coup.

A police officer said the arrests took place in Bangkok on Sunday in or around Siam Paragon, one of the country’s most luxurious shopping malls.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to give information to the media.

The military council that controls Thailand has made clear it will tolerate no dissent.