Thailand Deploys Thousands of Soldiers to Crush Anti-Coup Protests
Thousands of police and troops were deployed to Thailand’s capital Sunday in a bid to crush planned mass protests against the country’s recent military coup.
Deputy police chief Somyot Poompanmoung told Reuters that 5,700 police and soldiers are headed for Bangkok Sunday, with plans to quash demonstrations in other areas of Thailand. According to numerous media reports, Bangkok’s commercial center has been largely shut down.
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Despite the heavy crackdown, approximately 100 protesters gathered in a Bangkok mall to protest the coup, the Bangkok Post reports.
“I am here because I don’t want a coup. I want elections and democracy,” a 66-year-old female protester identified as Ratchana told the Bangkok Post.
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