WASHINGTON — The army for Thailand has declared martial, surprising observers and even the caretaker government itself, demanding that both anti-government and pro-government supporters to come to an agreement.
Reuters reported that martial law was put into place after six months of anti-government protests forced out the country’s government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Her exiled brother, and a former leader of the country, Thaksin, was to blame for the protests as anti-government protesters said he was still running the country through his sister.
Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said the move was to restore order in Thailand and build investor confidence. He warned those that would use weapons and harm civilians would receive retribution from his soldiers. The chief told reporters, “We ask all sides to come and talk to find a way out for the country.”
Ever since the start of the anti-government protests last November, 28 people have been killed and about 700 more injured.