In pictures: Protests against Thailand coup

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