Prayuth announces military coup
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Prayuth announces military coup

+++ NOTE: We are doing a combined live blog on today’s events over on Siam Voices. Check in there for all updates. +++

UPDATE: 16:45: For the reds, if they are to protest, it will likely be in the North and the Northeast where they have numbers and sympathy. For today, it will be difficult, but at some point, BP expects protests to happen and then grow…

UPDATE: 16:40: Fellow blogger Kaewmala:

BP: But they might not get what they want though…

BP: Not sure it is necessary for the editorials though…

UPDATE: 16:30: Jonathan Head of the BBC:

BP: Indeed.

Pravit of The Nation

Sunai of HRW:

BP: Expect more restrictions…

UPDATE: 16:20: Kasit (former Foreign Minister under Abhisit) has just one on BBC and stated:

Rachel is/was with the BBC  (if you are unsure of the source) and was being interviewed by the BBC on Thailand yesterday.

BP: Not too surprising given the political position of the Democrats in recent months. Expect Abhisit to say we disagree with coup BUT government was bad etc…

UPDATE: 16:10: A journalist from The Nation Group reports on what happened from the meeting from all side:

BP: Translation “Key phrase from Army C-in-C today after Chaikasem [caretaker Justice Minister] wouldn’t resign; Army C-in-C slammed his hand on the table and said “I have made the decision to seize power; [I] invite the EC and Senators to leave the room”….

UPDATE: 15:50: From Pravit at The Nation:

BP: Indeed. Below is a tweet from Sunai of HRW with screenshot from Thai TV:

Prayuth and Co with the first announcement:

BP:  The other day we got stage 1, but it is surprising that stage 2 was done by the military. Do the Establishment really think this will work? 

UPDATE: 15:40: The Nation has more:

Prayuth and the police chief and other armed forces’ chef went on TV to announce the coup after the seven-partite meeting at the Army Club failed.

After the talk failed at 4:10 pm, Prayuth ordered the break of the meeting and representatives of five side were taken away in over ten vans to the First Infantry Regiment, located next to the Army Club, the reports said.

The meeting mediated by Prayuth was attended by representatives of the red-shirt movement, the government, the Pheu Thai, the Democrat, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, the Senate and the Election Commission.

Only representatives of the Senate and the EC were not taken away in the military truck.

BP: Will try to get an exact list of names to see who is left…

UPDATE: 15:35: Understand other leaders were detained, but will provide details soon

Original post below

The Nation:

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha announced coup on TV at 5 pm.

BP: Red shirt leaders have also been detained. More soon, but please note that have limited Internet access now. We will have to wait for foreign reaction. Will they take an Egypt approach or we will they recognize what has happened with the military seizing power?