Former premier among many detained by Thailand's military rulers
Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and key members of her army-ousted government have been detained by Thailand's military rulers along with scores of other people on both sides of the countrya's political conflict.
Over 150 people were summoned by the coup regime today, including Ms Yingluck, former acting caretaker prime minister Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan who was ousted by the army yesterday and a number of former senior government leaders along with key leaders of the People's Democratic Reform Committee which had campaigned since October last year to oust her government.
Ms Yinglucka€™s politically active elder sister and the lattera€™s husband, a former prime minister were also among those reported detained.
The detainees, including Ms Yingluck, senior members of her ousted government, her sister and brother-in-law, were taken to five Army bases in Bangkok and four other provinces.
At a two-hour meeting this evening with foreign diplomatic representatives in Bangkok, coup leader and Acting Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the chief of Thailanda€™s Army, said the military intervention had become necessary to prevent the political stand-off from plunging the nation into violence.
(Posted on 24-05-2014)