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Thailand military seizes power in coup
« on: May 22, 2014, 03:12:22 PM »
Via the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27517591

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Thailand's military has announced it is taking control of the government and has suspended the constitution.

In a TV statement, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to restore order and enact political reforms.

The cabinet has been told to report to the military, TV broadcasting is suspended and political gatherings are banned. A nationwide curfew will operate from 22:00 to 05:00 local time.

The coup follows months of political turmoil in Thailand.

On Tuesday the army imposed martial law. Talks were then held between the main political factions, but the army announced the coup on Thursday.

Key political figures, including opposition protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban and pro-government protest leader Jatuporn Prompan, were taken away from the talks venue after troops sealed off the area.


More plus video report at link.

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Re: Thailand military seizes power in coup
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2014, 03:31:19 PM »
Thailand under curfew amid army coup

A curfew has begun across Thailand after the army announced it had taken control and suspended the constitution following months of political turmoil.

The army chief imposed the 22:00 to 05:00 curfew, along with a ban on political gatherings and suspension of normal television programming.

Key political figures have been detained and others ordered to report to the military.

The army said it needed to restore order and enact political reforms.

More at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27527927 including video report.
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Re: Thailand military seizes power in coup
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2014, 03:32:38 PM »
I have to say that I'm not familiar with the political situation in Thailand.  What's going on - who are the good guys?

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Re: Thailand military seizes power in coup
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2014, 03:49:17 PM »
There aren't really any good guys. The military is about the best of the bunch at present - they got tired of getting caught in the cross fire all the time, I guess.
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