• EU voices ‘extreme concern’ over Thailand

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    BANGKOK: The European Union (EU) has voiced “extreme concern” about political detentions and censorship in Thailand, as the military junta chief met officials and began to set out plans for the country’s future.

    The EU—a key trade partner of the Southeast Asian nation—said only a clear plan for the country’s return to democracy could allow its “continuous support” after the Thai military seized power last week and set about rounding up political figures, academics and activists.

    “We are following current developments with extreme concern,” the EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

    “We urge the military leadership to free all those who have been detained for political reasons in recent days and to remove censorship,” she added.

    The junta on Thursday added nearly 50 more names to the upwards of 250 people it has summoned, having held scores of people without charge at secret locations for up to a week.

    AFP

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