Thai army declares martial law 'to restore law and order'

Thailand's army have declared a state of emergency, "to restore law and order" after six months of anti-government protests.

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Pro- and anti-government supporters gather in Bangkok

Both pro- and anti-government protesters are camped out at different places in Bangkok after Thailand's army declared martial law "to restore law and order".

Pro-government "red shirt" supporters listen to their leader's speech inside their encampment in the suburbs of Bangkok today. Credit: Reuters

The army ordered the two groups to remain where they were and not march anywhere, in order to prevent clashes.

An anti-government protester holds Thai flags during a rally near the Government House in Bangkok today. Credit: Reuters

It is the 19th time in Thailand's history that the army has declared martial law.

The surprise move follows six months of street protests that have left the country without a proper functioning government, but the army denied that it was staging a military coup.

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban walks with other during a rally near the Government House in Bangkok today. Credit: Reuters

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