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Thai army declares martial law

By Associated Press in Bangkok ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-05-21 07:10:06

Military denies coup, says move to prevent street clashes between rivals

Thailand's powerful army declared martial law before dawn on Tuesday, deploying troops into the heart of Bangkok in a dramatic move it said was aimed at stabilizing the Southeast Asian country after six months of turbulent political unrest. The military, however, insisted a coup was not underway.

The surprise operation, which places the army in charge of public security nationwide, came amid deepening uncertainty over the nation's fate, just one day after the caretaker prime minister refused to step down in the face of long-running anti-government protests.

Thai army declares martial law

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