Thai army declares martial law — how to follow the news

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 […]

Red shirts claim army preparing for coup

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: […]

Once again, coup rumors — and denials

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 […]

One year ago today

— 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 […]