It was 3 a.m. in Thailand. Presumably barely anyone was watching.
But the country's military chief chose that hour to appear on army-run Channel 5 television Tuesday to declare martial law across the country.
This is not a coup, said Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha, hours before the nation's people woke to the new public order; with soldiers stationed at intersections and tanks on the streets.
The army says it has taken control to ensure law and order in a country split by deep political divisions, two weeks after the country's Constitutional Court removed caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from government.
Update: This is a Coup
22nd May 2014. From ThaiVisa.com
Thailand's army chief announced in a televised address to the nation on Thursday that the armed forces were seizing power. Army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha said:
In order for the country to return to normal quickly, the National Peace Keeping Committee comprised of the army, the Thai armed forces, the Royal Air Force and the police need to seize power as of May 22 at 4.30 pm,
The move came after military-hosted talks between the kingdom's political rivals apparently failed to reach a compromise on ending nearly seven months of mass protests on the streets of Bangkok. Rival protest leaders at the talks -- held at a
heavily guarded military facility in the capital -- were seen being taken away by the army although it was unclear whether they had been formally detained.
The army has announced a curfew across Thailand whereby everybody must stay in their homes from 10pm until 5am.
It is also seems that all land borders are closed to all foreigners.
Update: Afternoon opening
23rd May 2014.
Well most GoGos seem to be trying for afternoon opening but the word is that already late night opening will be tolerated with lights being turned out.
Of course this does not quite answer the important question of what trouble farangs will get in if they spotted by police going home at 1am.
People are being allowed to travel to and from airports in the curfew hours if they show their tickets to prove the reason. Taxi drivers can get permits for the same purpose.