Martial law declared in Thailand amid protests

Thailand’s army has declared martial law across the country to restore order following months of anti-government protests that have left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded.

An announcement on military-run television said martial law had been invoked “to restore peace and order for people from all sides”, stressing that the move “is not a coup”.

“The public do not need to panic but can still live their lives as normal,” it added.

The move, which gives the military control of nationwide security, risks angering supporters of the government if it is seen as tantamount to a coup.

Thailand’s army has staged at 11 successful coups since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932.

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