[WORLD CUP: Off the Post]
The military junta that overthrew the Thai government last month -- detained hundreds of potential dissidents and banned political
assembly of more than five people -- has ordered TV regulators to provide free coverage of all 64 World Cup games.
The TV rights holder had planned on making only 22 games available for
free while charging a fee for the rest that would price-out many fans.
"We hope that every Thai will receive happiness from viewing the 2014 World Cup games. Please watch and enjoy, all
of you," said
Lt. Gen. Chatudom Titthasiri
, president of the
army's Channel 5 television station.
Since the May 22 coup, the military has also treated citizens to free haircuts and concerts as part of its "happiness campaign."