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Many detainees freed: Thai military

Many detainees freed: Thai military

Thailand's army says it has now released 124 people, including politicians and activists, who were taken into custody after the coup. An army spokesman said a total of 253 people had been summoned. Fifty-three did not report and 76 were in custody. Conditions for the release appear to include agreeing to avoid political activity and...

Thai military seizes power

Thai military seizes power

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...

Thai army declares martial law

Thai army declares martial law

Thailand's army chief imposed martial law yesterday after months of deadly anti-government protests caused political paralysis, but insisted the intervention did not amount to yet another military coup. The early-hours announcement on military-run television said martial law had been invoked "to restore peace and order for people from all sides" after nearly seven months...

Thai army chief to meet key players

Thai army chief to meet key players

Thailand's army chief is to hold talks with key players in the political crisis, a day after declaring martial law in the protest-hit nation. General Prayuth Chan-Ocha has asked to meet the government, the Senate speaker and the two main protest factions. After the talks it could become clearer whether the military will restrict itself...

Thai army declares martial law

Thai army declares martial law

The Thai army says that it is imposing martial law amid a political crisis "to preserve law and order". The surprise announcement also granted the army wide-ranging powers to enforce its decision. The military insisted that its assumption of responsibility for national security was not a coup. Martial law comes after a long-running political crisis, and...

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