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Prayuth take on separatism hikes tension

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Army commander Prayuth Chan-ocha's tougher stance towards the political stalemate resulted from the so-called "Lanna separatism" issue and now the political mercury is soaring. 

A banner reading, ‘Chiang Mai residents will not let anyone split the Kingdom of Thailand’ is hung on a pedestrian bridge in Chiang Mai province. Cheewin Sattha

His mention of a "special method" to resolve the political chaos is noteworthy. The army chief is now saying that soldiers who are on guard at rally sites can carry weapons, instead of using only batons and bullet-proof vests. This is because there is a chance of escalating violence between the two political enemies.

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