A full military coup was underway in Thailand on Thursday as the country’s army chief declared he was taking control from rival political groups and imposing an overnight curfew.
General Prayuth Chan-ocha made the announcement in a televised broadcast carried on all TV channels at 5 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET), shortly after an unsuccessful meeting of rival factions aimed at finding a solution to six months of anti-government protests.
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Talks to find a solution to the political impasse ended on Wednesday without success. As protests have become more violent, the army has repeatedly urged political groups to resolve the situation, even though it has in the past been more sympathetic to the yellows.
The red shirts want an early election, which they would almost certainly win. Rival yellow shirts sabotaged the last attempted vote and have threatened to do the same next time.