Bangkok: Thailand’s army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government in a coup, two days after he declared martial law, saying the military had to restore order and push through reforms after six months of turmoil.
The military declared a 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. curfew, suspended the constitution and told outgoing cabinet ministers to report to an army base in the north of the capital. Rival protest camps were ordered to disperse and media censored.
The U.S. Pentagon said it was reviewing its military assistance and engagements with old ally Thailand, including an ongoing exercise involving about 700 U.S. Marines and sailors.
Before martial law, two anti-government protesters were killed and 21 were wounded in a gun and grenade attack in Bangkok, medical officials and police said