Thailand

Thai Troops Detain Gov't Minister who Blasted Coup

Former Thai Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang, center, waves after being detained by soldiers following a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

BANGKOK  — Stern warnings from Thailand's military junta to stop criticizing the coup have not deterred protesters, who have been gathering and staring down soldiers in defiance of martial law. The numbers have been relatively small: Several hundred people gathered Monday at Victory Monument and eventually dispersed on their own, vowing to retu... more

Thai Coup Leader: Don't Protest, It's No Use

BANGKOK -- Bolstered by a royal endorsement Monday to run the country after last week's coup, Thailand's junta leader warned citizens not to cause trouble, not to criticize, not to protest - or else face a return to the "old days" of street violence.   Dressed in a crisp white military uniform, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said he had seized power t... more

Thai Army: Ex-PM, Protest Leaders Held 'to Think'

Thai protesters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's coup leaders said Saturday that they would keep former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders detained for up to a week to give them "time to think" and to keep the country calm. Outspoken academics were also summoned to report to the junta.   The moves appear aimed at prev... more

Thai Military Seizes Power in Coup, Imposes Curfew

Thai soldiers move in to a pro-government demonstration site after the military seized power Thursday, May 22, 2014, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

BANGKOK — Thailand's military seized power Thursday in a bloodless coup, dissolving the government, scrapping the constitution and dispersing groups of protesters from both sides of the country's political divide who had gathered in Bangkok and raised fears of a violent showdown. The powerful army chief, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, announced the mi... more

Fear of Violence Grips Thai Capital on Eve of Vote

BANGKOK - On the streets of Thailand's tense capital, campaign posters bearing images of the country's prime minister have been ripped apart and punched through, defaced with a blunt message for the beleaguered government of Yingluck Shinawatra: "Get Out." The vandals are not, however, challenging her party in nationwide elections Sunday. They ... more

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