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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand to block 2,000 websites ahead of pro-democracy protests

Clampdown targets Facebook and demonstrators' key communication network

BANGKOK -- Thailand's government is preparing to block more than 2,200 websites, including Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, that have "illegal" content ahead of rallies by the student-led pro-democracy movement this weekend.

Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said Monday the ministry had ordered operators of URLs and pages that were believed to have breached Thai law to remove illegal content within 15 days, he said.

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