Thailand News Coup 2014 continues: On 22 May 2014, Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Commander of the Royal Thai Army, launched a coup d’état against the caretaker government of Thailand.
Thailand’s military government sent thousands of troops and police into central Bangkok on Sunday, stifling any mass dissent against the army’s coup on May 22 and limiting protesters to small gatherings held mostly around shopping malls.
Thai police officers take position around the Victory Monument where anti-coup protesters have been gathering in Bangkok May 31, 2014.
Thai economy slows after months of pressure: Thailand’s stumbling economy is the priority for the military and General Prayuth has promised that the 2015 budget will be in order and public spending would be transparent.
Figures out on Friday showed private investment and consumption were stagnant in the run-up to the coup.
Gross domestic product shrank 2.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 as anti-government protests since November damaged confidence and scared off tourists.
Thai military condemns Australia’s response:Thailand’s ruling military says it is disappointed and gravely concerned by Australia’s decision to stop joint military exercises and ban military leaders from travelling to Australia.
A curfew has been imposed. The army has summonsed hundreds. Those detained are released only on condition that they do not speak out. Politicians and intellectuals have fled the country or gone underground. AP IMAGE/Wason Wanichakorn