Skip to content

CONSTITUTION SUSPENDED: Thailand army seizes control in coup

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/22/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

No reports of violence in capital of Bangkok

While Thailand army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha vows to restore order and enact political reforms -- Thailand's military has announced it is taking control of the government and has suspended the constitution.

While Thailand army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha vows to restore order and enact political reforms -- Thailand's military has announced it is taking control of the government and has suspended the constitution.

While Thailand army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha vows to restore order and enact political reforms -- Thailand's military has announced it is taking control of the government and has suspended the constitution.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
5/22/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Thailand, coup, military, curfew


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The army has ordered that the cabinet report to the military. TV broadcasting is suspended and political gatherings have been banned. A nationwide curfew is in effect and will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time.

The coup follows months of political turmoil in Thailand. The army imposed martial law earlier this week. Talks were then held between the main political factions, but the army announced the coup on Thursday.

Starvation never takes a vacation --

Opposition protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban and pro-government protest leader Jatuporn Prompan have been taken away after troops sealed off the area.

Troops fired into the air to disperse a pro-government protest camp on the outskirts of Bangkok, but there are no reports of major violence.

"What we're hearing is that soldiers have moved rapidly to consolidate their position, moving in on the 'red shirt' camp, the broad protest movement linked to the government, on the outskirts of Bangkok. They are also moving towards the anti-government demonstrators' camp in the center of town," The BBC's Jonah Fisher said reporting from Bangkok.

"A curfew has just been declared, so the military is obviously making efforts to make sure there is no immediate response to its announcement. Those people who voted for what is still the elected government here will feel extremely annoyed and frustrated by what has happened."

Gen Prayuth says that he took the reins because "of the violence in Bangkok and many parts of the country that resulted in loss of innocent lives and property, [which] was likely to escalate.

"We ask the public not to panic and to carry on their lives normally," he said.

In a later a statement read on television the military said that "in order to run the country smoothly, [it has] suspended the constitution of 2007, except for the chapter on the monarchy".

General Prayuth says that he will head a ruling military body - the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council - but that the upper house of parliament and courts would continue to function.

In the meantime, the army has ordered acting PM Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan and his ministers to report to the military on Thursday "in order to keep peace and order".

The TV statement also carried a ban on "political gatherings" of more than five people, adding: "Anyone who violates the ban will be subject to a one-year jail term, 10,000 baht ($307) fine, or both."

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JANUARY 2018
Religious Minorities in Asia.
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.


Comments


More Asia Pacific

North and South Korea agree to march together at Olympics -- is that a good thing? Watch

Image of North Korean athletes march under their own banner in the 2016 Olympics. In a few weeks, they will march under a unified banner with South Korea.

North and South Korea have reached a remarkable agreement to march into the Olympic games under a unified banner. In addition to the ... continue reading


Cardinal Pell accuser dies, trial in doubt Watch

Image of Cardinal Pell's accuser has died.

The legal case against Cardinal George Pell of Australia has taken an unexpected turn, after the death of Damian Dignan, who accused Pell ... continue reading


Mt. Sinabung erupts with an ash cloud towering over villagers in new viral video Watch

Image of Mt. SInabung has erupted again.

Mt. Sinabung has erupted in Indonesia, and a new viral video has captured the moment a towering ash cloud hovered over villagers, raining ... continue reading


North Korea develops anthrax-loaded missile to hit the US Watch

Image of South Korean Intelligence reports North Korea launched biological weapons experiments involving anthrax.

This year, North Korea has increased its missile and nuclear weapons testing at an unparalleled rate and they have threatened the United ... continue reading


New video helps residents of Guam prepare for war Watch

Image of While the latest video prepares residents for war, the island is often hit by powerful storms. It is also susceptible to tsunamis. Residents are hardy and often well educated and prepared, but North Korean missiles are a new threat.

Officials are preparing the U.S. territory of Guam for war with North Korea. Authorities have released a video, designed to educate ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.