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Thai army declares martial law ‘to restore order’

Citing a worsening security situation, Thailand's army chief general Prayuth Chan-ocha has declared martial law in Thailand starting at 3am local time this morning. According to the army's order, martial law has been applied throughout the country. As dawn broke over Bangkok, troops were swiftly deployed at several TV stations. Until 6am there was no news of any arrests. Martial law which puts security in the hands of the army with sweeping powers to detain people, does not amount to a coup d'etat, but is likely to be seen as such by the pro-government camp - unless any crackdowns are even handed and target both pro- and anti-government camps.

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