Thai army stages coup as talks fail

Thailand’s Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared a coup, taking control of the government two days after invoking martial law and bringing political opponents into talks aimed at finding a compromise to six months of anti-government protests.

Prayuth said the army had to restore order and push through reforms to prevent further loss of life and stop the political conflict from escalating. The Peace and Order Maintaining Command has seized power from the caretaker government, he announced in an address broadcast on all television channels.

“In the interest of rule and order, we are taking over powers,” Prayuth said. “Please do not panic and carry on with your daily activities.” Continue reading

Thai army chief cautions nation may ‘collapse’ as violence escalates

Bangkok: Thailand’s army chief warned on Monday the country risks “collapse” unless it pulls back from escalating violence after attacks in recent days left three children dead in the kingdom’s worst political unrest since 2010.

Twenty-one people have now been killed and more than 700 wounded in violence linked to almost four months of anti-government demonstrations. Continue reading