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Thai protesters defy ban on political gatherings to demonstrate against military coup


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Thai protesters defy ban on political gatherings to demonstrate against military coup

Hundreds of demonstrators angry at the military coup in Thailand clashed with soldiers on Saturday outside a military TV station in Bangkok.

They defied a ban on political gatherings, to denounce Thursday’s takeover by army generals. Some protesters are understood to have been arrested.

Earlier on Saturday, the military announced they planned to dissolve the Senate and take over all lawmaking power. It comes two days after the military announced it was taking control of the government and suspended the constitution. The country is now being run by six of Thailand’s most senior military officers.

The army has also continued its crackdown on dissidents, issuing a list of 35 people including leading academics who must report to them. On Friday the military detained more than 100 politicians, including ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

An army spokesperson said they wanted “to change their perception.”

Officials said Yingluck’s detention was necessary while matters in the country were organised.

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