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Coup in Thailand - 25 May 2014
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Thailand's military tightened its grip on power on Sunday as it moved to douse smouldering protests fuelled by social media and to rally commercial agencies and business to revitalise a battered economy.

The military overthrew the government on Thursday after months of debilitating and at times violent confrontation between the populist government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the royalist establishment.
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May 25, 2014
Soldiers detain a protester against military rule, at a shopping district in central Bangkok May 25,...
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Soldiers detain a protester against military rule, at a shopping district in central Bangkok
Soldiers detain a protester against military rule, at a shopping district in central Bangkok May 25, 2014. Thailand's military tightened its grip on power on Sunday as it moved to douse smouldering protests fuelled by social media and rally commercial agencies and business to revitalise the country's battered economy. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 24, 2014
People hold signs while kneeling during a protest against military rule at Victory Monument in central...
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People hold signs while kneeling during a protest against military rule in Bangkok
People hold signs while kneeling during a protest against military rule at Victory Monument in central Bangkok May 24, 2014. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was in a "safe place" on Saturday, an aide said, after being held by Thailand's army following its seizure of power this week, as opposition to the coup grew among her supporters and pro-democracy activists. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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May 24, 2014
A passer-by poses in front of soldiers in central Bangkok May 24, 2014. Former Prime Minister Yingluck...
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A passer-by poses in front of soldiers in central Bangkok May 24, 2014. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was in a "safe place" on Saturday, an aide said, after being held by Thailand's army following its seizure of power this week, as opposition to the coup grew among her supporters and pro-democracy activists. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 24, 2014
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An activist holds up a sign in front of soldiers during a protest against military rule in Bangkok
An activist holds up a sign in front of soldiers trying to control the crowd during a protest against military rule in Bangkok May 24, 2014. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was in a "safe place" on Saturday, an aide said, after being held by Thailand's army following its seizure of power this week, as opposition to the coup grew among her supporters and pro-democracy activists. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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May 24, 2014
A woman holds a sign as she joins others in a protest against military rule in Bangkok May 24, 2014....
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A woman holds a sign as she joins others in a protest against military rule in Bangkok
A woman holds a sign as she joins others in a protest against military rule in Bangkok May 24, 2014. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was in a "safe place" on Saturday, an aide said, after being held by Thailand's army following its seizure of power this week, as opposition to the coup grew among her supporters and pro-democracy activists. The army moved on Thursday after failing to forge a compromise in a power struggle between Yingluck's populist government and the royalist establishment, which brought months of sometimes violent unrest to Bangkok's streets. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
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May 23, 2014
Thai soldiers patrol on a road near an army club during a military coup in Bangkok May 23, 2014. Thai...
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Thai soldiers patrol on a road near an army club during a military coup in Bangkok
Thai soldiers patrol on a road near an army club during a military coup in Bangkok May 23, 2014. Thai army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha summoned ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to a meeting on Friday, a day after he seized power in the bloodless coup and said he wanted to restore order following months of turmoil. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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May 23, 2014
A soldier looks from an elevated highway as he provides security to the Army Club where senior army officials...
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A soldier looks from an elevated highway as he provides security to the Army Club where senior army officials...
A soldier looks from an elevated highway as he provides security to the Army Club where senior army officials meet foreign diplomats in Bangkok May 23, 2014. Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha set out his plans for the country on Friday, a day after seizing power in a coup, saying reforms were needed before an election, but some Thais defied martial law to show opposition to his takeover. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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May 23, 2014
A man lies on the ground in front of police while holding a placard during a protest against martial...
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A man lies on the ground in front of police while holding a placard during a protest against martial...
A man lies on the ground in front of police while holding a placard during a protest against martial law, a day after the Thai army chief sized power in a coup in central Bangkok May 23, 2014. Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha set out his plans for the country on Friday, a day after seizing power in the coup, saying reforms were needed before an election, but some Thais defied martial law to show opposition to his takeover. Several hundred people including students gathered in a central shopping district despite a ban on protests by five or more people to voice their opposition to military rule. The sign reads, "Don't pressure us". REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 23, 2014
Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives before a meeting with high ranking officials at the...
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Thai Army chief General Prayuth arrives before a meeting with high ranking officials at the Army Club...
Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives before a meeting with high ranking officials at the Army Club after the army declared martial law nationwide to restore order, in Bangkok May 20, 2014. Thailand's military rulers detained former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on May 23, 2014, a senior officer said, after summoning her for talks a day after the army overthrew her caretaker government in a coup. As the army moved to consolidate its grip on the country, its chief, Prayuth, set out his plans for the country, saying reforms were needed before an election. But some Thais defied martial law to protest against the takeover. Picture taken May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY HEADSHOT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 23, 2014
Thai soldiers take position in front of a picture of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as their unit...
Bangkok, Thailand
Thai soldiers take position as their unit dismantles an anti-government encampment in central Bangkok...
Thai soldiers take position in front of a picture of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as their unit dismantles an anti-government encampment in central Bangkok May 23, 2014. Thai army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha summoned ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to a meeting on Friday, a day after he seized power in a bloodless coup, saying he wanted to restore order following months of turmoil in the polarised country. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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May 22, 2014
Anti-government protesters board a bus at the Royal plaza to take them back home after the coup was declared...
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Anti-government protesters board a bus at the Royal plaza to take them back home after the coup was declared...
Anti-government protesters board a bus at the Royal plaza to take them back home after the coup was declared in Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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May 22, 2014
A Thai soldier stands guard at the Democracy Monument after a coup in Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
A Thai soldier stands guard at the Democracy Monument after a coup in Bangkok
A Thai soldier stands guard at the Democracy Monument after a coup in Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Kerek Wongsa (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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May 22, 2014
Media microphones are placed next to a television broadcasting an address by Thailand's army chief General...
Bangkok, Thailand
Media microphones are placed next to a television broadcasting an address by Thailand's army chief General...
Media microphones are placed next to a television broadcasting an address by Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha (C) in Bangkok May 22, 2014. Prayuth seized control of the government in a coup on Thursday, two days after he declared martial law, saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms. Prayuth made the announcement in the television broadcast after a meeting to which he had summoned the rival factions in Thailand's drawn-out political conflict, apparently with the aim of finding a solution to six months of anti-government protests. From left: National police chief Adul Saengsingkaew, Air Chief Marshal Prachin Chantong, Prayuth, Admiral Narong Pipattanasai, and Deputy Supreme Commander General Worapong Sanganetra. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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May 22, 2014
Armed Thai soldiers hold their weapons during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held...
Bangkok, Thailand
Armed Thai soldiers hold their weapons during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held...
Armed Thai soldiers hold their weapons during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held a meeting with all rival factions in central Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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May 23, 2014
Former Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul arrives at ArmyClub after being summoned by the...
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Former Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul arrives at ArmyClub after being summoned by the...
Former Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul arrives at ArmyClub after being summoned by the army in Bangkok May 23, 2014. Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrived at an army facility in Bangkok on Friday, a Reuters reporter said, after she was summoned by the military, which runs the country after staging a coup.REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 23, 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
Thai soldier stands guard outside a temple near Government House in Bangkok
A Thai soldier stands guard while Buddhist monks beg for alms outside a temple near Government House in Bangkok May 23, 2014. Thai army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha summoned ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to a meeting on Friday, a day after he seized power in a bloodless coup, saying he wanted to restore order following months of turmoil in the polarised country. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY MILITARY)
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May 22, 2014
Anti-government protesters get ready to leave their main encampment after the coup was declared in Bangkok...
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Anti-government protesters get ready to leave their main encampment after the coup was declared in Bangkok...
Anti-government protesters get ready to leave their main encampment after the coup was declared in Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 22, 2014
Soldiers take up position at the Democracy monument after the coup was declared in Bangkok May 22, 2014....
Bangkok, Thailand
Soldiers take up position at the Democracy monument after the coup was declared in Bangkok
Soldiers take up position at the Democracy monument after the coup was declared in Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 22, 2014
Anti-government protesters celebrate as they board buses at the Royal plaza to take them back home after...
Bangkok, Thailand
Anti-government protesters celebrate as they board buses at the Royal plaza to take them back home after...
Anti-government protesters celebrate as they board buses at the Royal plaza to take them back home after the coup was declared in Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 22, 2014
A military truck drives past a Thai officer as it arrives at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief...
Bangkok, Thailand
A military truck drives past a Thai officer as it arrives at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief...
A military truck drives past a Thai officer as it arrives at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held a meeting with all rival factions, during a coup in central Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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May 22, 2014
A Thai soldier holds hands with a member of the pro-government "red shirt" group at an encampment in...
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A Thai soldier holds hands with a member of the pro-government "red shirt" group at an encampment in...
A Thai soldier holds hands with a member of the pro-government "red shirt" group at an encampment in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in a coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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May 22, 2014
Buddhist monks walk past soldiers at a checkpoint near a pro-government "red shirt" supporters' encampment...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
Buddhist monks walk past soldiers at a checkpoint near a pro-government "red shirt" supporters' encampment...
Buddhist monks walk past soldiers at a checkpoint near a pro-government "red shirt" supporters' encampment in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's rival political factions would not agree to stop street protests on Wednesday during crisis talks aimed at ending the confrontation a day after the army declared martial law, a pro-government activist said. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY RELIGION)
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May 22, 2014
Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held a meeting with...
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Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held a meeting with...
Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held a meeting with all rival factions in central Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 22, 2014
A member of the pro-government "red shirt" group wearing a hat with a picture of ousted Thai prime minister...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
Member of pro-government "red shirt" group wearing a hat with a picture of ousted Thai prime minister...
A member of the pro-government "red shirt" group wearing a hat with a picture of ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a rally in Nakhon Pathom province on the outskirts of Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's rival political factions would not agree to stop street protests on Wednesday during crisis talks aimed at ending the confrontation a day after the army declared martial law, a pro-government activist said. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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May 22, 2014
A soldier takes up position at the Democracy monument after the coup was declared in Bangkok May 22,...
Bangkok, Thailand
A soldier takes up position at the Democracy monument after the coup was declared in Bangkok
A soldier takes up position at the Democracy monument after the coup was declared in Bangkok May 22, 2014. Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in the coup on Thursday saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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