In pictures: Protests against Thailand coup

  • 23 May 2014
  • From the section Asia
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.
Image caption Crowds gathered to protest against the army's move and call for a return to democratic rule in central Bangkok on Friday.
Image caption Thailand's army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said the coup was needed to "quickly bring the situation back to normal".
Image caption Although coups have occurred frequently in Thailand's history, protesters are worried that Gen Prayuth will not give up power this time.
Image caption So far the protests have been small-scale and relatively peaceful, although there were some scuffles and arrests on Friday.
Image caption Former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, pictured above in a van, and a number of family members and politicians have been detained.
Image caption Thai troops have been deployed at several key intersections in Bangkok to enforce a strict curfew in the capital.
Image caption The coup has delighted anti-government protesters, who have been camped in the centre of Bangkok since November.
Image caption The army has been besieged by supporters asking to have their photograph taken with the troops in Bangkok.
Image caption Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has reigned through numerous military coups but is yet to comment publicly on the current situation.
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."
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.