Thai military imposes nationwide night curfew

Thai military imposes nationwide night curfew
Thai soldiers patrol in Bangkok on Thursday. Thailand's army chief announced in an address to the nation that the armed forces were seizing power after months of deadly political turmoil.

BANGKOK - Thailand's military imposed a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 5am on Thursday after overthrowing a caretaker government in a coup, an army spokesman said.

Deputy army spokesman Winthai Suvaree announced the curfew in a televised statement.

Army tells radio, TV to air only army material

Thailand's army told all television and radio stations in the country to halt normal programmes on Thursday and only broadcast army material.

"All radio and television stations, satellite and cable, must stop normal programming and broadcast army content until told otherwise," Winthai Suvaree, a deputy army spokesman, said in a televised statement.

Thai soldiers fire in air to disperse pro-government crowd

An earlier report said that Thai soldiers fired into the air to disperse thousands of pro-government, "red shirt" activists gathered at a protest site in Bangkok's western outskirts following a military coup on Thursday, a protest spokesman said.

The military detained at least one leader of the activists, who are loyal to deposed former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, said the spokesman, Thanawut Wichaidit.

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