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The mother of one of Thailand’s highest-profile anti-junta activists has been charged with defaming the monarchy, police said on Friday, in what a rights group said was an escalation of government attempts to stifle dissent.

Political tension is building ahead of an Aug. 7 referendum on a military-backed constitution, which is the first vote under the junta and a test of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s popularity. His government has threatened to jail anybody campaigning against the charter.

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