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Last Updated: Monday December 06 2004 15:51 GMT

Origami birds fly into Thailand

In Thailand around 100 million origami birds like this one were dropped from planes to help promote peace in the country.
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In Thailand around 100 million origami birds like this one were dropped from planes to help promote peace in the country.
People all across Thailand got involved with folding the peace birds.
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People all across Thailand got involved with folding the peace birds.
The Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra folded a peace bird after a meeting. He also signed one of the birds. If a child finds the specially signed bird they will win a scholarship.
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The Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra folded a peace bird after a meeting. He also signed one of the birds. If a child finds the specially signed bird they will win a scholarship.
The birds were not just made out of paper. Some people folded birds out of brightly coloured plastic or bank notes.
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The birds were not just made out of paper. Some people folded birds out of brightly coloured plastic or bank notes.
People tried to collect as many paper birds as they could find.
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People tried to collect as many paper birds as they could find.
The airdrop was organised to promote peace in the south of Thailand which is suffering from outbreaks of violence.
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The airdrop was organised to promote peace in the south of Thailand which is suffering from outbreaks of violence.
Although the Prime Minister said that the paper birds had helped promote peace, violence still continued in southern Thailand.
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Although the Prime Minister said that the paper birds had helped promote peace, violence still continued in southern Thailand.
Thousands of people looked up to the sky as more than 50 planes dropped the carefully folded birds.
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Thousands of people looked up to the sky as more than 50 planes dropped the carefully folded birds.
Although the peace birds were a popular idea some people criticised it saying that traditional ways of promoting peace should not be forgotten.
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Although the peace birds were a popular idea some people criticised it saying that traditional ways of promoting peace should not be forgotten.



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