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Thailand army announces military coup as talks fail

The army chief has announced in a live television address that they have seized control of the country’s government.

Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha made the announcement in a television broadcast after he held a meeting with all rival factions aimed at finding a solution to six months of anti-government protests.

The military had seized the leader of anti-government protests, removing him from a meeting of the factions hours before the announcement.

Hundreds of extra troops arrived at the venue from where Suthep Thaugsuban, who has been leading more than six months of anti-government protests, was taken away.

An announcement that citizens should not go outdoors between 10pm and 5am triggered confusion in Bangkok.

Mark Kent, the British ambassador, tweeted out the curfew to Britons and also messaged to say the Foreign Office travel advice was being updated.

Update

“Under martial law, the National Peace Keeping Committee prohibits anyone across the kingdom from leaving their home from 10 pm to 5 am,” an army spokesman said in a televised announcement.

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