Thais to Army: Your Music Stinks

US condemns coup as military tightens grip
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2014 5:09 AM CDT
Thai soldiers patrol near the Army Club before former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrived to report to Thailand's ruling military junta in Bangkok today.   (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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(Newser) – With Thailand's military now firmly in control of the country after yesterday's coup, more than 150 politicians and activists have been detained and banned from leaving the country. Among them was ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was summoned for talks with army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha today along with other members of her powerful family, reports Reuters. Military officials say the detentions are "to ensure smooth operation of restoration of peace and order." More:

  • The US condemned the coup, saying military ties will be reviewed and aid could be frozen. "There is no justification for this military coup," said John Kerry. "I urge the restoration of civilian government immediately, a return to democracy, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, such as press freedoms." Australia, Japan, Britain, Indonesia, and Malaysia also voiced concern.

  • Bangkok was largely peaceful overnight under a curfew that ran from 10pm to 5am in the capital and the rest of the country, the BBC reports. The anti-government movement has declared victory and told protesters to go home. Pro-government camps have been cleared by the military without any major clashes taking place.
  • Many Thais, meanwhile, have discovered an unexpected downside to life under military rule: the music. The military has commandeered every TV channel and radio station and is broadcasting nothing but military announcements and patriotic songs, the AP finds. A Facebook page urging the junta to change the tune has received hundreds of thousands of likes. "Since you're reforming politics, you might as well reform your music," wrote one poster.

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