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Thai soldiers confiscate weapons after army declares coup

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 01:02

May 22 - Thai soldiers are seen confiscating weapons after army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha takes control of the government in a coup. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thai soldiers confiscated weapons on Thursday (May 22) after army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha took control of the government in a coup, saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law. Military personnel outside the army club were seen asking a man to take out his weapons and lay them out on the ground. It was unclear who the man was. Prayuth made the announcement in a television broadcast after he held a meeting with all rival factions aimed at finding a solution to six months of anti-government protests. The broadcast came shortly after soldiers took the leader of anti-government protests, Suthep Thaugsuban, out of the meeting that was aimed at finding a solution to a drawn-out power struggle that has polarized the country and battered its economy. The crisis is the latest installment in a long battle between supporters of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and opponents backed by the royalist establishment. The army had declared martial law on Tuesday (May 20) , saying the measure was necessary to prevent violence, but it rejected accusations the measure amounted to a coup.

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Thai soldiers confiscate weapons after army declares coup

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 01:02