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Suthep Thaugsuban was arrested by the new military government of the kingdom of Thailand immediately after the state coup was announced. The military held Thaugsuban in detention until Monday morning. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which assumed power after the coup, reported that Suthep Thaugsuban and his 11 supporters were released and brought by the soldiers to the Prosecutor’s General Office, where they faced official accusations of treason, inciting to riot and terrorism. After that, the Criminal Court of Bangkok ruled to release on bail all the suspects.
Sithep Thaugsuban is one of the key leaders of the anti-government movement responsible for street unrest in Bangkok in recent months. Six months ago, several arrest warrants have been issued for Suthep Thaugsuban, but no attempts were made to detain him.
Thailand’s authorities did not detain any foreign citizen for violation of the curfew introduced in the kingdom since May 22, Russian Honorary Vice-Consul in Pattaya Viktor Kriventsov told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
“Every morning I call to representatives of local authorities. However, there is no information that not only Russians, but also foreign citizens in general were detained over violation of the curfew,” Kriventsov said. He also noted that even after the curfew started in Pattaya people kept walking freely in the streets bypassing policemen without being detained. “All bars, restaurants and shops actually do not work after 10pm. In these conditions the nightlife has moved to hotel lobbies and restaurants which do not come under effect of restrictions,” Kriventsov said.
The Russian Consulate noted that around 40 thousand Russians were spending holidays in Thailand.
A military coup occurred in Thailand on May 22. Civil government was ousted from power, the local Senate was disbanded and the effect of constitution was suspended. The military also introduced censorship in media and the Internet, announced a curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. and banned any demonstrations.
May 22, it was announced that all power was assumed by the Peacekeeping command that ousted the interim government of Thailand. The Constitution has been suspended by the military. One of the first orders of the military authorities was the ban on free weapons-bearing, and curfew has been introduced.
The current coup was preceded by protests continuing for more than six months. During this period, dozens of people were killed and hundreds were injured.