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Thailand Coup: Bangkok Under Martial Law

May 22, 2014

As the Thai military declared martial law, opposition protesters celebrate their takeover of the government. The military has since suspended the constitution and ordered the dispersal of rival protests both for and against the ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. A curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. has also been imposed. 

Thai anti-government protesters celebrate at their camp outside Government House after Thailand's army chief announced that the armed forces were seizing power, in Bangkok on May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief announced in a televised address to the nation on May 22 that the armed forces were seizing power after months of deadly political turmoil. The commander-in-chief, who invoked martial law on May 22, said the coup was needed to prevent the conflict escalating. (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

Thai soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint near the pro-government "Red shirts" campsite on the outskirts of Bangkok on May 22, 2014. Thailand's military hosted ground-breaking talks on May 21 between warring political rivals after imposing martial law to prevent the deeply divided kingdom degenerating into another "Ukraine or Egypt". (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Gen. Prayut Chan-O-Cha, gives a traditional greeting to delegates before a meeting at the Army Club in Bangkok on May 20, 2014. Thailand's army chief declared martial law after months of deadly antigovernment protests, deploying armed troops in central Bangkok and censoring the media but insisted that the move was "not a coup". (PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, center, sits with members of Parliament as the body officially elected her as the country's first female Prime Minister, Aug. 5, 2011, in Bangkok.(Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

Thai antigovernment protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban addresses supporters at their main protest site near Government House in Bangkok, May 20, 2014. Thailand's opposition demonstrators vowed to keep up their campaign to topple the government, despite the imposition of martial law by the military to quell political violence. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Thai soldiers stand guard after Gen. Prayut Chan-O-Cha met with antigovernment and pro-government leaders at the Army Club, May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief announced that the armed forces were seizing power after months of deadly political turmoil. (PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Antigovernment protesters listen to leaders' speeches at their camp outside Government House after Thailand's army chief announced that the armed forces were seizing power, May 22, 2014. The army staged a military coup, ordering rival protesters off the streets and deposing the government in a bid to end months of political bloodshed. (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

Thai soldiers stand guard after Gen. Prayut Chan-O-Cha met with antigovernment and pro-government leaders at the Army Club, May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief announced in an address to the nation that the armed forces were seizing power. (PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Antigovernment protesters celebrate at their camp outside Government House after Thailand's army chief announced that the armed forces were seizing power, May 22, 2014.  (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Thai army soldiers secure the grounds at the Royal Thai Army Club, the venue for peace talks between pro- and antigovernment groups on May 22, 2014. The army chief announced in an address to the nation that the armed forces were seizing power amid reports that leaders of the opposing groups attending the talks were being detained by the military. Thailand has seen months of political unrest and violence which has claimed at least 28 lives. (Rufus Cox/Getty Images)

Passersby pose for a photo with Thai army soldiers standing guard on a city-center street after martial law was declared on May 20, 2014. The army imposed martial law across Thailand amid a deepening political crisis that has seen six months of protests and claimed at least 28 lives. (Rufus Cox/Getty Images)

An antigovernment protester waves national flags as leader Suthep Thaugsuban (not seen) delivers a speech to supporters at Democracy monument in Bangkok, May 22, 2014. Thailand's military hosted ground-breaking talks on May 21 between warring political rivals after imposing martial law to prevent the deeply divided kingdom degenerating into another "Ukraine or Egypt." (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

 
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