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<p>Police have raided the village of a murdered Lahu activist and arrested several of his family members in an alleged drug crackdown.</p> <p>On 29 May 2017, policemen and officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau<a href="https://www.matichon.co.th/news/569339">&nbsp;arrested&nbsp;</a>five people from Ban Kong Phak Ping in Chiang Dao District of Chiang Mai.</p> <p>Among the five is Chanthana Pasae, 20, a relative of&nbsp;<a href="https://prachatai.com/english/node/7020">Chaiyapoom Pasae</a>, a young ethnic Lahu activist who was summarily killed by a soldier on 17 March.</p>
<div> <div>The media have been barred from the junta’s first regional session for political reconciliation in Chiang Mai. </div></div>
<div>Police have arrested three people in the north of Thailand for distributing flyers deemed as incitement and transferred them to the military which is detaining them incommunicado. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On 22 November 2016, Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police, said that police have arrested three people from Chiang Mai province for distributing documents against the ruling junta. </div>
<p dir="ltr">The military court has denied bail for members of a Chiang Mai political clan accused of committing crimes against the state in letters criticising the junta-sponsored draft constitution.</p>
<div>The military in Chiang Mai has summoned six people and accused them of sedition without court approval, alleging that they were involved with the letters containing material criticizing the junta’s draft charter. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Wednesday, 27 July 2016, Maj Gen Kosol Pratum summoned six people to a military camp in the northern province of Chiang Mai. The six are on the military’s list of ten people allegedly involved with the letter campaign against the junta-sponsored draft charter. </div>
<p>The Thai junta leader issued an order to suspend public officials suspected of involvement in documents campaigning against the junta-sponsored draft constitution.</p> <p>The website of the Royal Gazette on Tuesday, 26 July 2016, published&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2559/E/164/10.PDF">the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 44/2016</a>.</p> <p>The order suspends any public officials and local public administrators allegedly involved in anti-draft constitution letters from their posts.</p>
<p>The Thai police have arrested a northerner suspected of sending thousands of anti-draft charter letters after the military detained his parents.</p> <p>Police officers from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) on Saturday afternoon, 23 July 2016, arrested Wisarut Khunnitisan, 38, from a condominium in Bangkok and flew him to the northern province of Chiang Mai.</p>
<p>The Thai authorities have searched the homes of leading anti-establishment red shirt figures in northern Thailand in the hunt for the persons who sent letters criticising the junta-sponsored draft charter.</p>
<p>Authorities have confiscated over 2,000 letters from anonymous senders containing information against the junta’s draft charter in the northern province of Chiang Mai while another 3,000 were found in Lampang a day earlier.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /></p>
<p dir="ltr">Soldiers and police officers in Chiang Mai intimidated a staff of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), asking whether he was distributing booklets against the junta-sponsored draft constitution or involving with Prachatai website.</p>
<div> <div>Police officers and soldiers have again confiscated ‘right to campaign’ balloons from pro-democracy activists in northern Thailand, threatening to prosecute the activists if they continue the campaign.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Sunday, 3 July 2016, over 10 police officers and soldiers confiscated balloons printed with the message “campaigning is not a crime” from activists of the Free Maejo for Democracy group, a pro-democracy student activist group in the northern province of Chiang Mai, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) <a href="http://www.tlhr2014.com/th/?p=851">repor </a></div></div>
<p>After a series of arrests and the detention of junta opponents, activists across the country have come up with new tactics to campaign for fair play in the August referendum. Instead of hosting seminars, handing out flyers, and marching, they are using more creative non-violent protest methods like balloons, dolls, and cartoon figures.&nbsp;</p> <p></p>