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Thai military tries to contain rallies, revive economy


05-25-2014 19:50 BJT

Thailand’s military has moved to calm protests fuelled by social media and to rally commercial agencies and business to revitalize a battered economy. The military overthrew the government on Thursday and is now faced with the challenge of ending the country’s political deadlock.

"Another difference is that democracy in Thailand has resulted in losses which is definitely different from other countries which is another detail we will clarify. Democracy in Thailand has resulted in losses," said Colonel Winthai Suvaree, army deputy spokesperson.

The military began meetings on Sunday with the leaders of state and private commercial organisations, senior officials of the commerce and finance ministries, and business leaders. Officials from the energy ministry, oil trade and transport companies were due to meet later.

The army has also asked 18 newspaper bosses to a meeting on Sunday. Several hundred protesters gathered in Bangkok on Sunday outside a central shopping centre. Leaders of the ousted government, including ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and an unknown number of her ministers, party officials, and supporters have been detained in the past week.

Leaders of six months of anti-government protests against Yingluck have also been held. Power now lies in the hands of army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his National Council for Peace and Order.

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