Thailand’s military junta ordered 35 more people to report to it by this afternoon or risk arrest, including ruling party members ousted in the coup, academics and a former protest leader who once seized Bangkok’s airports.
Schools were shut and international television channels were off air as stations broadcast military logos and periodic army statements, a day after Thailand’s military seized control following a six-month political stalemate that has sapped economic growth.
Protesters seeking to oust Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra vowed to incite more unrest this week after clashes left three dead in Bangkok at the weekend and the central bank warned the standoff was hurting the economy.
Thailand’s opposition movement is reaching out to rice farmers to break a political stalemate as the nation awaits official election results, seeking to turn a source of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Thai protesters accused the government of having “blood on its hands” after one man died and 37 people were injured in a bomb attack in Bangkok yesterday, raising concern violence may increase before an election scheduled for Feb. 2.
Thailand’s biggest opposition party said as many as 50,000 people joined protests yesterday to oppose an amnesty law for political offenses, and predicted numbers will swell today after a contentious parliamentary vote.