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14 student activists go before military court in Thailand for holding anti-coup protest

  • In this June 24, 2015 photo, student activists gather outside Pathumwan Police Station in Bangkok, Thailand. Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. The university students, 13 men and one woman, were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for leading a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    In this June 24, 2015 photo, student activists gather outside Pathumwan Police Station in Bangkok, Thailand. Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. The university students, 13 men and one woman, were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for leading a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this June 24, 2015 photo, student activists gather outside Pathumwan Police Station in Bangkok, Thailand. Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. The university students were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for leading a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok. Their head bands read "return the power." (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    In this June 24, 2015 photo, student activists gather outside Pathumwan Police Station in Bangkok, Thailand. Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. The university students were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for leading a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok. Their head bands read "return the power." (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of 14 detained students protest outside the military court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. The university students, 13 men and one woman, were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for leading a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok.(AP Photo/Penny Yi Wang)

    Supporters of 14 detained students protest outside the military court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. The university students, 13 men and one woman, were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for leading a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok.(AP Photo/Penny Yi Wang)  (The Associated Press)

Fourteen detained student activists have been brought before a military court in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly.

The university students were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for holding a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok.

Each student faces a maximum of seven years in prison.

On Tuesday, a military court was to decide whether to extend their pre-trial detention for another 12 days. Journalists weren't allowed to enter the courtroom.

Since overthrowing an elected government in May 2014, Thailand's military rulers have jailed opponents who dared to speak out against them. They've censored the media, dispersed protesters and forbidden open political debate.