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Thousands of civil servants, police and teachers are being sent to a military camp in Thailand for intensive training in community service and loyalty to the monarchy, according to the royal palace and interviews with trainees and organizers.

The program, established last year, highlights the way in which King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 67, is asserting his will on the Thai government and society to a greater extent than any sovereign since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932, some experts say.

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