Saturday, 24 May 2014

National Council for Peace & Order

Victory Monument
Two days after the most recent Thai coup, more details have emerged about the moments before the coup took place. On Friday afternoon, during the negotiations organised following the declaration of martial law, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha repeatedly asked representatives of the caretaker cabinet if they would be prepared to resign. When they refused to do so, Prayuth suspended the meeting and declared the coup.

More than 100 politicians, journalists, and academics have been ordered to report to the military or face arrest. Also, the official name of the group of coup leaders has been changed: they are now known as the National Council for Peace & Order (instead of the National Peace & Order Maintaining Council).

Opposition to the coup has been more noticeable than in 2006, and some token arrests have been made. Demonstrations at Victory Monument in Bangkok attracted several hundred protesters yesterday and today, in defiance of the military's ban on gatherings of five or more people.

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