Thai Army Orders Free World Cup TV

    Soldiers guard a rally by protesters against military rule at Victory Monument in Bangkok May 28, 2014. There have been daily protests in Bangkok against the coup and on Wednesday about 200 people confronted troops and police at the Victory Monument. Protesters jeered and threw plastic water bottles and spray-painted "Get Out" and "No Coup" over an army Humvee.   REUTERS/Erik De Castro (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) - RTR3R90U

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    After leading a coup last month and taking over Thailand’s government, military leaders in the country ordered TV regulators to provide free World Cup coverage for the Thai people. The move is part of a “happiness campaign” the leaders have enacted to increase popularity. Other attempts have included free haircuts and concert tickets. Meanwhile, the country is still under a strict curfew, protest leaders are being arrested, and public gatherings have been severely restricted.

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