Thailand’s powerful military chief intervened Tuesday for the first time in the country’s latest political crisis, declaring martial law and dispatching gun-mounted jeeps into the heart of the capital with a vow to resolve the deepening conflict as quickly as possible.
The move stopped short of a coup and left the nation’s increasingly cornered caretaker government intact, along with the constitution. The army action came a day after Thailand’s caretaker prime minister refused to step down, resisting pressure from a group of senators calling for a new interim government with full power to conduct political reforms.
It also followed threats by anti-government protesters to intensify their campaign to oust the ruling party, and an attack last week on protesters that killed three people and injured over 20.
In six months of political unrest, at least 28 people have been killed and more than 800 injured. CCTVs Tony Cheng has more on this turmoil from Bangkok.
Thai Army Declares Martial LawIn Thailand, the acting Prime Minister asked the army to act peacefully and within the constitution. The army imposed Martial law early Tuesday, which they say is meant to restore peace and order in the country. In six months of political unrest, at least 28 people have been killed and more than 800 injured. CCTVs Tony Cheng has more on this turmoil from Bangkok.
CCTV’s Mike Walter interviews Greg Poling, fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on the current crisis in Thailand.