Martial Law. Coup d’etat? La-de-dah.

The Thai military declared martial law on Tuesday. Some international observers said it’s a coup. Nope, because T.I.T (This is Thailand). Here democracy is a fluid work in process with martial law as a reset. Parties which haven’t talked for months are going to (have?) sit down for talks. Martial law can end only by royal decree. In the meantime life goes on somewhere between essentially and completely unchanged for foreigners.

Here is the official definition of Martial law which gives military officers the power to:
– Take action against war or riots
– Use arms to suppress unrest
– Search, confiscate, or occupy any premises or vehicles
– Censor information
– Block, search, and control postal services
– Activate the military court to judge on crimes within the area under Martial Law
– Mobilize civilians to help the military
– Procure resources such as vehicles or logistical materials to support military operations
– Prohibit public gatherings, publications, broadcasting, transport, communication, travel, the movement of people or any action that the Defense Ministry deems necessary
– Enforce curfews
– Destroy, remove, or adjust any premise or location for the purpose of military operations
– Arrest and detain suspects for a maximum of seven days
– People are not entitled to any compensation for damage incurred during such military operations
– Martial law can only be ended with a Royal Decree


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