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Thai Opposition Figures Detained Ahead of Scandal Park Visit

FILE - Thai people pay their respect to giant bronze statues of former King Ram Khamhaeng after a religious ceremony at Ratchapakdi Park in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand. The park has been at the center of a corruption scandal.

Soldiers and police in Thailand have detained two top leaders of the anti-government Red Shirt movement as they were set to visit a park celebrating past Thai kings that's at the center of a corruption scandal linked to the military.

Thai television showed video of Nattawut Saikua and Jatuporn Prompan being taken into a van Monday after being seized while talking to reporters in a suburb of Bangkok about their planned trip to Rajabhakti Park, near the seaside town of Hua Hin. An assistant to Nattawut said the men were taken away, with no word from the authorities on where they were going.

The military, which seized power last year, denied financial wrongdoing related to the park, built on army land and featuring giant statues of past Thai kings.