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In pictures: Thailand's coup

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Image caption After six months of political turmoil, the sight of troops on the streets of Bangkok is hardly a novelty - even less since martial law was declared earlier this week
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Image caption Inside the Army Club, political leaders were holding talks called by the military, while soldiers stood guard outside
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Image caption Thailand's army chief, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha (centre), went on TV to declare the military was taking over the government
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Image caption The move delighted anti-government protesters, who have been camped in the centre of Bangkok since November
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Image caption But those who support ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (pictured on hat) and her brother Thaksin were less pleased
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Image caption The military moved quickly to establish control, imposing a curfew and ordering broadcasters to suspend normal programming
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Image caption Amid all the tension, there were lighter moments - like this soldier holding hands with an anti-government protester
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Image caption The military has asked people not to panic and to live their lives normally
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Image caption The army provided buses for those who wanted to leave the protest camps
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Image caption Some reports said soldiers had fired into the air at pro-government "red shirt" protest camps, but by the time night fell, there were no signs of major violence

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