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Yingluck Shinawatra reportedly under house arrest

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 25, 2014 9:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Deposed Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been released from military detention by coup leaders, reports CNN, two days after she was ordered to surrender. Her situation isn't entirely clear, however, with a source telling the AP that while Yingluck is no longer being held in an army camp, she is still under military control, and "she has not been freed to go home." A junta source tells CNN that she has been asked to "help us maintain peace and order and not to get involved with protesters or any political movement." A spokesman for coup leaders, meanwhile, blamed democracy for having caused "losses" in the country. Anti-coup protests gripped Bangkok for a third day.

A protester raises arms in front of soldiers with riot shields during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as troops...
A protester raises arms in front of soldiers with riot shields during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people...   (Sakchai Lalit)
An anti-coup demonstrator gestures in front of Thai soldiers during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as troops fanned out in...
An anti-coup demonstrator gestures in front of Thai soldiers during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to...   (Sakchai Lalit)
An anti-coup protester cries as she asks a Thai soldier to go away during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as...
An anti-coup protester cries as she asks a Thai soldier to go away during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not...   (Sakchai Lalit)
Anti-coup protesters gather in front of a shopping mall during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Hundreds of protesters in the Thai capital are defying the junta's warning against anti-coup demonstrations with a rally in the central shopping district that's being closely watched by troops.
Anti-coup protesters gather in front of a shopping mall during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Hundreds of protesters in the Thai capital are defying the junta's warning against...   (Sakchai Lalit)
Protesters, right, scuffle with Thai soldiers during an anti-coup demonstration outside a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday, May 25, 2014. A spokesman for Thailand's coup leaders said Sunday that democracy had caused losses for the country, as the junta sought to combat growing international condemnation and hundreds of protesters...
Protesters, right, scuffle with Thai soldiers during an anti-coup demonstration outside a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday, May 25, 2014. A spokesman for Thailand's coup leaders said Sunday that...   (Apichart Weerawong)
A Thai soldier guards outside a shopping mall during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as troops fanned out in...
A Thai soldier guards outside a shopping mall during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to...   (Sakchai Lalit)
A protester, left, is detained by a Thai soldier during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as troops fanned out...
A protester, left, is detained by a Thai soldier during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join...   (Sakchai Lalit)
Protesters push Thai soldiers with riot shields during  an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as troops fanned out in central...
Protesters push Thai soldiers with riot shields during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not...   (Sakchai Lalit)
Protesters push Thai soldiers with shields during  an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as troops fanned out in central Bangkok...
Protesters push Thai soldiers with shields during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to...   (Sakchai Lalit)
A protester is detained by Thai soldiers during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as troops fanned out in central...
A protester is detained by Thai soldiers during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup...   (Sakchai Lalit)
Thai soldiers take away a protester during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as troops fanned out in central Bangkok...
Thai soldiers take away a protester during an anti-coup demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup...   (Sakchai Lalit)
An anti-coup protester cries as she asks a Thai soldier to go away during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time, as...
An anti-coup protester cries as she asks a Thai soldier to go away during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not...   (Sakchai Lalit)
Thai soldiers are surrounded by anti-coup protesters during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Hundreds of protesters in the Thai capital are defying the junta's warning against anti-coup demonstrations with a rally in the central shopping district that's being closely watched by troops.
Thai soldiers are surrounded by anti-coup protesters during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Hundreds of protesters in the Thai capital are defying the junta's warning against...   (Sakchai Lalit)
Pravit Rojanaphruk, an outspoken Thai columnist for the English-language daily The Nation, poses for a photograph while being called to report himself to the ruling military along with other journalists in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday, May 25, 2014. A spokesman for Thailand's coup leaders said Sunday that democracy had caused losses...
Pravit Rojanaphruk, an outspoken Thai columnist for the English-language daily The Nation, poses for a photograph while being called to report himself to the ruling military along with other journalists...   (Uncredited)
A pro-government protester holds up a portrait of the ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a rally in Aksa, outskirt of  Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, May 10, 2014.
A pro-government protester holds up a portrait of the ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a rally in Aksa, outskirt of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, May 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
A pro-government protester holds a portrait of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a rally in Aksa, outskirt of  Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, May 10, 2014.
A pro-government protester holds a portrait of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a rally in Aksa, outskirt of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, May 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra received rose from her supporters in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra received rose from her supporters in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, May 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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