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Thai Army Declares Martial Law, But Says It’s Not a Coup

As soldiers took up positions in key parts of Bangkok, the military denied it was staging a coup and urged rival political groups to come together and talk.
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Thai Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha greets other officers upon his arrival at an army club for a meeting with high ranking officials after declaring martial law, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 20, 2014.
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Thai Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha greets other officers upon his arrival at an army club for a meeting with high ranking officials after declaring martial law, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 20, 2014.

A Thai soldier guards the Government House compound of the prime minister's office, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 20, 2014.
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A Thai soldier guards the Government House compound of the prime minister's office, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 20, 2014.

Thai soldiers take their positions in the middle of a main intersection in Bangkok's shopping district May 20, 2014.
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Thai soldiers take their positions in the middle of a main intersection in Bangkok's shopping district May 20, 2014.

Commuters drive their motorcycles past Thai soldiers positioned in the middle of a main intersection in the shopping district, in Bangkok, May 20, 2014.
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Commuters drive their motorcycles past Thai soldiers positioned in the middle of a main intersection in the shopping district, in Bangkok, May 20, 2014.

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