Martial law is declared in Thailand’s capital

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

On Tuesday, Thailand’s chief has declared martial law in their capital. They have sent jeeps and soldiers to the center of Bangkok.

"The key going forward will be the military's role in politics," Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University, told the Associated Press. "If they play the role of enforcer of law and order and even mediator ... this could be a resolution to the impasse."

The intervention does leave Thailand in the position of moving forward with the military. After many protests, this decisive move stops short of a coup. Thailand has faced crisis previously when former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was removed from power by a military coup. He was accused of “corruption, abuse of power, and disrespect for Thailand's king."

Thailand is an economic hub and a tourist destination for Southeast Asia, and China hopes Thailand can continue to deal with this issue peacefully. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in Beijing, “China has always advocated that for the country’s long-term interest all parties in Thailand strengthen political dialogue and properly handle political differences to restore stability,” according to Bloomberg.



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