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Thai coup leaders summon academics, journalists


05-25-2014 12:50 BJT

Thailand’s new army junta has ordered dozens of activists, academics and journalists to report to military authorities. It’s the latest development in what’s now being seen as a serious imposition of martial law by the army.

The army says it will keep former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and others in custody for up to a week, to allow time to restore order and reorganize the country. The military has also dissolved Thailand’s Senate, and absorbed its legislative powers. Rights groups say more than 150 people, mostly politicians associated with the deposed government, are being held in unknown locations.

The army has also censored local media organizations, and restricted international media access. Small-scale protests against the take-over have been reported in the northern city of Chiang Mai as well as Khon Kaen in the northeast and the beach resort of Pattaya just south of Bangkok. In the capital, around a thousand anti-coup protesters took to the streets for a second day, defying an army-imposed ban on gatherings of more than five people.

The top general in Thailand’s ruling junta is warning people not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time.

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