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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Thai justice minister: Army 'only taking over security'

Thai soldiers take up position on a main road in Bangkok, early this morning. Credit: Reuters

Thailand's justice minister Chaikasem Nitisiri said the army had not consulted the cabinet on their decision to impose martial law, but appeared to play down the move, saying it was "only taking over security" and it would not affect the cabinet.

The army took positions around Bangkok over night.

Protest leader Jatuporn Prompan said his group would accept the imposition of martial law, but "won't tolerate a coup or other non-constitutional means" to grab power.

The justice minister said the army had not consulted the cabinet, but appeared to play down the move. Credit: Reuters

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