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Thai army: Ex-PM, protest leaders held 'to think'

24 May 2014, 08:03

Bangkok— A spokesman for Thailand's coup leaders says the army will detain former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders for up to a week to give them "time to think."

Deputy army spokesman Col. Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said Saturday that Yingluck and dozens of other political figures have had their phones confiscated. He would not reveal their location.

The move appears aimed at preventing any political leaders from contacting supporters to rally them against the coup.

The military seized power on Thursday after two days of peace talks in which neither political faction would agree to step aside. The junta says it acted to prevent more turmoil after months of sometimes violent street protests and deadlock between the elected government and protesters supported by Thailand's elite establishment.

- AP


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