'Hunger Games' activist freed on bail in Thailand

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 1:33 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say an activist who spearheaded silent protests against Thailand's military coup, including a campaign featuring a three-fingered salute inspired by "The Hunger Games," has been freed on bail after a month-long detention.

Police Col. Kittirat Noiponthong said Wednesday that Sombat Boonngam-anong was released on conditions that he not incite unrest or travel overseas without permission from authorities.

He said Sombat was released Tuesday after posting a 300,000 baht ($9,250) bail.

The veteran social activist faces a variety of charges, including inciting division in the country by organizing protests, and faces penalties of up to several years behind bars.

Sombat was arrested June 5 after launching an online campaign calling for people to raise the three-finger salute to show opposition to the May 22 coup.

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