‘Thailand’s army declared martial law in a surprise announcement that it said was aimed at keeping the country stable after six months of sometimes violent political unrest. The military, however, denied a coup d’etat was underway.
The move effectively places the army in charge of public security nationwide. It comes one day after the Southeast Asian country’s caretaker prime minister refused to step down and follows six months of anti-government demonstrations that have failed to oust the government.
The army said in a statement it had taken the action to “keep peace and order.” Armed troops entered multiple private television stations in Bangkok to broadcast their message nationwide. Although troops were deployed at some intersections, the vast metropolis of 10 million people appeared calm and commuters could be seen driving and walking to work as usual.’
Thailand's army declares martial law: Military chief orders censorship of media and ban on protests… but insists it isn't a military coup
‘Thailand’s army has declared martial law, intensifying the turbulent nation’s deepening political crisis but denying a coup d’etat was under way.
The shock pre-dawn announcement, which effectively places the army in charge of public security nationwide, came after six months of anti-government demonstrations aimed at ousting the government and a day after the south-east Asian country’s caretaker prime minister refused to step down.
The army said in a statement that the military had taken the action to ‘keep peace and order’ and soldiers entered several private television stations in the capital Bangkok to broadcast their message.”