When Is A Coup?

On the 22nd of May at 4.30am General Prayuth Chan-ocha declared a military takeover of Thailand, emphasising that this was not a Coup. This would make it the 19th coup in 83 years. The military takeover he said, was necessary for the country to return to normality quickly. In a suburb of Bangkok, the so-called, Red shirt supporters of the deposed  Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her government, were waiting it is said to seek retribution against those that had removed the Prime Minister from office. This was made possible through the National Anti Corruption Commission and the charges filed against the Premier.
On the 25th of May there was a demonstration outside the Amarin Tower Chit Lom only minutes away from the Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand, were the Minister of Education days later was arrested in the club room by Thai soldiers. (See picture No.038. Chaturon Chaisang minutes before his arrest.
During the same week, more protests took place around the Victory Monument. The following photographs illustrate some aspects of these events and what was almost a media frenzy!
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