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After doing a lot of soul-searching about their ordeal of being sent to jail for what they judge were innocuous crimes, a number of former political prisoners have decided to set up a network to pool their resources and tell their stories to the rest of society. 

A dozen lese majeste prisoners led by Thantawut Twewarodomgul and some 30 other former prisoners whose crimes ranged from petty charges to more serious ones due to their political activities have linked up under the Network of People Affected from Imprisonment in Political Conflicts After the Coup 2006 (NPAIPC).

"We've been striving to live in a society in which the political scene has changed from before we were imprisoned time. Economically and socially speaking, we've more or less been devastated too," said Mr Thantawut.

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