Travellers under curfew as Thai military declares coup

Travellers under curfew as Thai military declares coup
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Thailand’s military has taken control of the country’s administration as the situation escalated into a coup, with travellers warned to exercise a high degree of caution.

The military declared martial law on Tuesday but at the time insisted it was not a coup.

However, last night, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha confirmed he had taken control of the government and had suspended the constitution.

The cabinet has been ordered to report to the military, with national broadcasting suspended and a nationwide curfew now in place, operating from 10pm to 5am. Political gatherings of more than five people have also been banned.

In a television statement, the general pledged to restore order and undertake political reforms.

He said he had assumed power because “of the violence in Bangkok and many parts of the country that resulted in loss of innocent lives and property” and the likelihood the situation would continue to worsen.

"We ask the public not to panic and to carry on their lives normally," he added.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smartraveller service advised travellers that Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang Airports are operating normally.

“Authorities have advised that the curfew will not apply if travelling to or from an airport,” it said.

“Travellers should have passports and tickets with them when travelling to and from the airport.”

It urged them to heed the instructions of local authorities and steer clear of political gatherings or demonstrations.

“We advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand overall due to the possibility of civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attack. You should pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.”

There has been no major violence reported.

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