Thai activists who protested junta surrender to police

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Nearly three dozen Thai democracy activists have turned themselves in to police after being summoned in connection with a protest calling for the ruling military government to step down and relinquish power through elections.

The legal aid group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights says the activists were charged with violating the ruling junta's ban on political assembly and nine faced an additional charge of sedition.

A few protest leaders did not show up Thursday out of fear that they would be kept in custody and unable to attend another pro-election rally planned for the weekend.

Thailand has been under military rule since a 2014 coup, but the junta is under increasing pressure both at home and abroad to return the country to civilian governance.