In pictures: Protests against Thailand coup

  • 23 May 2014
  • From the section Asia
Thailand is in the midst of a military coup after the army suspended the constitution following months of political unrest in the country.
Crowds gathered to protest against the army's move and call for a return to democratic rule in central Bangkok on Friday.
Thailand's army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said the coup was needed to "quickly bring the situation back to normal".
Although coups have occurred frequently in Thailand's history, protesters are worried that Gen Prayuth will not give up power this time.
So far the protests have been small-scale and relatively peaceful, although there were some scuffles and arrests on Friday.
Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, pictured above in a van, and a number of family members and politicians have been detained.
Thai troops have been deployed at several key intersections in Bangkok to enforce a strict curfew in the capital.
The coup has delighted anti-government protesters, who have been camped in the centre of Bangkok since November.
The army has been besieged by supporters asking to have their photograph taken with the troops in Bangkok.
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has reigned through numerous military coups but is yet to comment publicly on the current situation.
One local official who met Gen Prayuth said: "There will be an election but it will take a while. The general didn't say when."
The US led international criticism of the coup, saying there was "no justification" - but the military look set to remain in control for now.