Our main story today: Thailand’s armed forces declared martial law early Tuesday, saying the move was intended to curb the country’s sometimes violent political conflict and wasn’t a coup d’état. Army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha issued a pair of statements at 3 a.m. and later appeared on television to say that martial law was necessary […]
An AP story from this evening: A brief interruption in some television broadcasts Thursday stoked fears of a military coup in Thailand, where an election is expected to be called within weeks, but the government said a satellite glitch was the problem. Worth a read.
A Bangkok Post story from late today: UDD again claims army preparing for a coup Core members of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) claim the army’s show of force this week is clear evidence of preparations for a coup to block the general election. And a story from the Nation today: […]
Thailand’s TAN News Network on Twitter not long ago: Related: yesterday’s post. Update: To be clear, despite the wording of this tweet, no coup is underway. The TV outage led to chatter, on Twitter, about coup rumors. Just a point of clarification. As you were…
Here’s the front page of today’s Nation, via @LeroyNewsDesign on Twitpic: Here’s the accompanying story: In an unprecedented move, top commanders came out yesterday to declare there would definitely be no military overthrow of the government. “We ask you not to believe the rumours that soldiers will stage a coup. The Thai Armed Forces strictly […]
— AFP today: “Thai government, army deny coup claims.” — Bangkok Post today: “Suthep brushes aside coup claim.” — The Nation today: “Isoc denies coup plot” One year ago today — Jan. 27, 2010 — this was the Bangkok Post‘s front page: No larger point to mention at the moment — political uncertainties obviously remain […]