TV Stations Silenced, Schools Shut After Thai Army Coup


Thai soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint near the pro-government ”Red shirts” camp site on the outskirts of Bangkok on May 22, 2014. Photographer: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images

For BloombergChris Blake and Anuchit Nguyen report: Schools were shut and international television channels were off air as stations broadcast military logos and periodic army statements, a day after Thailand’s military seized control following a six-month political stalemate that has sapped economic growth.

Traffic was light in Bangkok after the army ordered schools and universities closed until May 25. Army Chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha, who announced the coup on national television yesterday, imposed a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. and banned political protests.

The coup, the nation’s 12th in eight decades, could provide short-term certainty to markets after months of street protests and upheaval that led to the removal on May 7 of caretaker Premier Yingluck Shinawatra by the Constitutional Court, with the baht rising today and stocks paring an early fall.

The military’s intervention though may not resolve the deep polarization that has taken hold in Thailand over the past decade between the largely rural-based supporters of Yingluck’s brother Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in a 2006 coup, and his royalist opponents…(read more)


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