Armed troops and military vehicles have been deployed in central Bangkok after the army declared martial law in Thailand.
Soldiers have been seen in the city’s retail and hotel district, and the army commandeered television stations to broadcast their message to the nation.
They also surrounded the national police headquarters in Bangkok.
Military chiefs have denied staging a coup and claims it is trying to restore order after six months of political unrest in the that have left Thailand without a fully functioning government.
Soldiers are taking charge of public security to protect against recent deadly protests, said army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha.
The caretaker government is still in charge, according to military officials and the country’s justice minister.
Thailand has been in a state of upheaval since November when anti-government protesters took to the streets to try to oust former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
20 May 2014 | 3:33 am – Source: orange.co.uk