Thailand Under Martial Law, Army Says 'No Coup'

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After six months of political instability, Thailand Army imposed a martial law in the country. However, the military insisted that the move is aimed at national security, ‘to preserve law and order’ and that it is ‘not a coup’.

The armed troops entered various private television and radio stations throughout Bangkok. They urged people to stay calm and carry on with their day-to-day lives.

The Army has staged at least 11 coups since the end of the monarchy in 1932. The senior generals argued that a law in 1914 mentions that the army could intervene during the time of crisis.

Thailand is suffering from severe political crisis since 2006, when the army ousted the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a coup. The situation worsened since December 2013.

The former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (sister of Thaksin Shinawatra) dissolved the Lower House of Parliament, and the Constitutional Court ordered her removal for abuse of power. The court ruled that Ms Yingluck acted illegally when she transferred her national security chief Thawil Pilensri in 2011.

Clashes might break out between the supporters of Ms Yingluck, ‘the red- shirts’ and the anti government protesters who generally are the urban and middle-class voters.

“The martial law is not something unexpected during the current political situation,” tweeted the former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. However, he expressed concern that the move by the Army must not weaken democracy.



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