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Protest marks first public dissent to coup

September 23, 2006

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— Thailand's new military rulers got their first taste of popular dissent Friday when about 100 protesters defied a ban on gatherings to denounce the army's coup this week as undemocratic.

The military leaders, meanwhile, appointed nine people to investigate corruption under ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and announced plans to write a new constitution to hold future leaders more accountable.

The protesters met outside Bangkok's most upscale shopping mall in groups of five or less to avoid breaking military restrictions on larger public gatherings.

There was no violence or arrests, according to a protest leader and police.

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