- POSTED: 22 May 2014 20:10
- UPDATED: 27 May 2014 18:17
Thailand's military on Thursday declared a night-time curfew across the troubled country after seizing power in a coup.
BANGKOK: Thailand's military on Thursday declared a night-time curfew across the troubled country after seizing power in a coup.
"Under martial law, the National Peace Keeping Committee prohibits anyone across the kingdom from leaving their home from 10 pm to 5 am," an army spokesman said in a televised announcement.
The military also ordered protesters on both sides of the kingdom's political divide to disperse and go home after it seized power in a coup.
"In order to keep peace and order all protesters from every group must leave for their homes immediately," an army spokesman said in a televised address, adding that buses had been arranged to take them away.
Thailand's army chief seized power in a military coup on Thursday, deposing the elected government and plunging the country into uncertainty after months of deadly political strife.
General Prayuth Chan-ocha made the announcement in a televised address to the nation, saying the powerful armed forces had to act to restore stability in the deeply divided Southeast Asian nation.
Moments before the stunning announcement, witnesses said they saw leaders of Thailand's two main political parties as well as its rival protest movements being taken by the military from a venue where Prayuth had convened talks aimed at resolving their differences.
But it was unclear if they had been formally detained.