Thailand places curfew due to coup

By: Daniela Fierro Email
By: Daniela Fierro Email

(NBC) -- Thailand's military has seized control of the country.

The move comes after months of sometimes deadly political discord.

Thailand's powerful army chief announced the military takeover in a statement on national television.

The bloodless coup took place just two days after the declaration of martial law in what he said was a bid to end violent political unrest in the country.

Shortly before the takeover was announced, hundreds of troops surrounded a meeting of rival political factions at the Bangkok Army Club.

The leader of the anti-government protests was seen being taken away.

Protest groups in Bangkok from both sides of Thailand's political divide were dispersed, the red shirts that support the government that has been in power and the yellow shifts who oppose it.

There were no reports of violence.

A nationwide curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and schools have been closed until Monday.

The constitution has been suspended, though an army spokesman said Thailand's Senate would remain in place.

This is the 12th coup in Thailand since 1932.

Since 2006, three Thai governments have been overthrown by either the military or the courts.

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