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Army places Thailand under martial law

Posted: 20 May 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:protests? martial law? coup?

Thailand is now under martial law. The army made the surprise declaration before dawn today, reportedly unbeknownst to the government. The move is said to be an attempt to restore order in the country after a series of anti-government protests that began in November of last year and has claimed several casualties.

Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha, the army chief who signed and made the announcement, insisted that this is not a coup but only a safety measure so that Thailand's citizens and public properties will not be harmed. Military personnel have begun setting up security posts outside Thai TV stations and other broadcast facilities in Bangkok.

Violence escalated in the country's capital on May 7 when Thailand's constitutional court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for nepotism along with nine cabinet members. Acting Prime Minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan refused to step down despite increased pressure from senators and anti-government protesters.

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