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Faced with threat of jail, Thai anti-coup protesters hand out 'sandwiches for democracy'

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    Pedestrians walk past Thai soldiers eat lunch while guarding in Bangkok's Victory Monument, Thailand, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Thai police warned online critics of the military junta Friday that they will "come get you" for posting political views that could incite divisiveness, the latest reminder about surveillance of social media in post-coup Thailand. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)The Associated Press

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    A Thai soldier sips an energy drink while guarding inside a vehicle in Bangkok's Victory Monument, Thailand Sunday, June 8, 2014. Thai police warned online critics of the military junta Friday that they will "come get you" for posting political views that could incite divisiveness, the latest reminder about surveillance of social media in post-coup Thailand. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)The Associated Press

Activists protesting last month's military takeover in Thailand face a possible two-year jail term if they get too strident, so they've found a new way to show their sentiments: handing out "sandwiches for democracy."

A small group of student activists from Bangkok's Thammasat University were hoping to hold a picnic rally Sunday, but found the park next to their campus sealed off. So instead they paraded down a nearby street, handing out sandwiches and cakes to anyone who wanted them. One older man accompanying them shouted to onlookers, "Sandwiches for democracy!"

Other activists have held silent public readings of symbolic works such as "Nineteen Eighty-Four," George Orwell's indictment on totalitarianism. But the intimidation level is high, with authorities rolling out thousands of troops and police whenever they anticipate a protest.