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In July, as thousands of Thais demanded the resignation of the government in one of the largest street demonstrations since a 2014 military coup, Thai Army Sgt. Ekkachai Wangkaphan sided with the protesters.

“Down with dictatorship,” he wrote on Facebook under a news story about a jailed activist, a week before the protest. On the day of the protest, July 18, he shared a livestream and pictures with the hashtag of the Free Youth protest group. A few weeks later, he shared a photo of a protester carrying a placard saying “The country where you speak the truth and you go to jail.”

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