Hot! Thai Martial Law Becomes Coup

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The Royal Thai Army declared martial law across Thailand on Tuesday, but followed yesterday with a statement that they are taking over the government completely, reported BBC News.

In a televised statement, the army chief said the military would restore order and enact political reforms. This following 2 days of inconclusive talks by the main political parties.

Soldiers were seen sealing off the talks venue and taking the leaders away. Protesters are also being cleared out from the rally sites.

The army has also instated a curfew on all streets of Bangkok – from 10pm until 5am, no one but tourists on their way to the airport are allowed on the streets during this time.

The Thai army is allowed to intervene in times of instability to restore peace and order within its borders. The Martial Law Act was put in place in 1914 in a bid to protect Thailand both externally and internally.

Chaninat & Leeds Thailand lawyers are experts in all areas of Thai and international law

Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, who signed the military statement, cited the 1914 law which allows internal security, however no specific Act was stated.

English translations of the recent Acts can be found here:

MARTIAL LAW, B.E. 2457 (1914)
Internal Security Act, BE 2551 (2008)

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