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Thailand's military junta tries to pacify its people with free haircuts

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Activists, with their mouths taped up as a form of protest against the ongoing military rule in Thailand, gesture during a protest in front of the Thai embassy in Manila June 5, 2014.

Thailand's ruling military junta hasn't had an easy time of it since it deposed the country's democratically-elected government last month.

There have been protests and demonstrations, even a new power symbol based on a gesture used in the movie, The Hunger Games. But the military leaders say they only deposed the government because they wanted people to be happy. So why aren't they happy?

The junta's leaders think they've come upon a solution: street parties — with free haircuts. No word on whether protesters are eligible. Vice has the story.

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