BBC News – Thailand army declares martial law

Thai soldiers arrive for security as pro-government supporters arrive outside the gate of the National Anti-Corruption Commission office in Bangkok (February 2014)The military said it was taking the dramatic step in the interests of law and order

The army in Thailand has announced the imposition of martial law amid political crisis “to keep law and order”.

The army has also granted itself wide-ranging powers to enforce its decision.

The military said it had taken the action to preserve peace and order.

The move comes after a long-running political crisis, and escalating tensions between the government and the opposition.

Earlier this month a court ordered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several cabinet ministers to step down.

19 May 2014 | 11:46 pm – Source:

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