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Confounding his critics, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit, who took office a year ago, has faced down challenges from opponents and stifled antigovernment unrest. But protesters are gearing up for more disruption.
In the past week, Thai authorities have arrested three people on charges of disseminating false data. The arrests have sparked complaints of a witch hunt.
Antigovernment activists plan to defy a tough security law to rally Saturday on the third anniversary of a military coup.
Webmasters face criminal charges for comments posted on their websites deemed offensive to the royal family.
Thailand's lèse-majesté laws are already strict, but a new crackdown on insults has resulted in a spike in arrests, including that of an Australian novelist.