Thailand army continues crackdown after coup

Thailand army continues crackdown after coup

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The move comes a day after the army ordered more than 100 politicians, including ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra, to come to the military council.
Ms Yingluck was detained in Bangkok on Friday and spent the night in custody.Many on the army’s latest list have previously been charged with speaking or acting against the monarchy.Meanwhile, several hundred protesters have taken to the streets of Bangkok to show their anger at military’s seizure of power, defying a ban on large gatherings.Anti-coup banners were unfurled as they arrived at Victory Monument.Officials said the former prime minister would not be held for more than a week but insisted that her detention was necessary while matters in the country were “organised”.
Ms Yingluck, who had been PM until being removed by the judiciary this month, was ordered to report to the military along with more than 100 other politicians, including acting PM Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan.Thai military spokesman Col Werachon Sukhondhadhpatipak said on Saturday that the politicians had been detained to give them “time to think”.He refused to reveal where the detained were being held and said that their mobile phones had been confiscated.Col Werachon said those detained were being encouraged “to find common ground” and that the army wanted “to change their perception.”Despite the detentions, the leader of Ms Yingluck’s Pheu Thai party, Charupong Ruangsuwan, was quoted as saying he would not surrender to the military authorities.The military spokesman said those named on the new list had until 13:00 local time (06:00 GMT) on Saturday to report to the army.Among the 35 names are a diverse collection of academics, politicians and activists, including:Several prominent figures in the pro-government Red Shirts movement A former national police chief and a serving provincial police commissioner An MP from the Pheu Thai party and a former justice minister A common thread is that many of those on the list have either been charged with insulting the monarchy or are known for criticising it, the BBC’s Jonathan Head reports from Bangkok. Thailand has draconian laws on lese majeste.-BBC

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