Thai Security Forces Tighten Control of
Thousands of customers in the Terminal 21 mall at the major Asoke intersection had to abandon early afternoon shopping, eating and movie-going after dozens of police moved inside the complex, following a five-minute rolling fight past pastry shops, a
Police and soldiers, some carrying automatic weapons, as well as two army trucks, including a Humvee with a mounted machine-gun, responded to the intersection. The incident began 20 minutes earlier when several people at the entrance to Terminal 21, adjacent to the BTS Asoke Skytrain station, held aloft anti-coup placards and chanted "Freedom."
Such demonstrations are illegal under decrees issued by army chief General
Earlier Sunday, nearly 6,000 soldiers and police had deployed to eight locations, including other shopping plazas and the Victory Monument, to discourage flashmob-style protests. There were no rallies at those locations.
Instead, word spread through social media to converge on Terminal 21 after a posting of the location was announced on the Facebook page of
Sombat has taunted authorities since the
The dozens of anti-coup protesters, some from the red shirt movement, and perhaps 100 or more sympathetic spectators who converged on the area defied the top general's ban on such gatherings.
Some on the Skywalk made a three finger salute, emulating the gesture meant to express appreciation and respect to those departing made by the repressed residents of poverty-stricken
Anyone apprehended defying
In a nationally broadcast address Friday, Prayuth announced a timetable of up to 15 months before the holding elections and framing a constitution to replace the one he has expurgated.
Since the coup, which came several days after martial law was declared, several hundred politicians, activists and academics have been summoned to turn themselves in to the military. Most have been released after being warned not to engage in political activity or to leave the country.
A spokesman for the
Thaksin, a billionaire telecommunications tycoon, was ousted in
Yingluck, who was among those who have been detained and released, posted on Sunday a picture of her with her son on social media, commenting that a lot had changed in
Since the coup,
A veteran journalist, Steven L Herman is the Voice of America Asia correspondent.
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