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Thailand's Army Declares Martial Law, Denies Coup

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May 20, 2014 AT 4:43 AM
Thailand's powerful military chief intervened Tuesday for the first time in the country's latest political crisis--declaring martial law and dispatching gun-mounted jeeps into the heart of the capital, with a vow to resolve the deepening conflict as quickly as possible. Thai Army Chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha used the nation's law in order to seize control: The move stopped short of a coup, and left the nation's increasingly cornered caretaker government intact--along with the constitution. Life continued normally with residents unfazed by the news, which follows six months of crippling protests that killed 28 people and injured more than 800.