Thai junta sets ultimatum for defiant anti-coup protesters

Soldiers stand guard in front of anti coup protesters (not seen) during a planned gathering in Bangkok on May 25, 2014Thailand’s ruling junta warned protesters it would not tolerate any further rallies against its coup after tense standoffs Sunday between soldiers and angry crowds in the capital Bangkok. Dozens of demonstrators faced off against lines of armed soldiers before and after more than one thousand protesters marched through the city, the largest show of dissent since the army seized power on Thursday following months of political turmoil. The military has detained former premier Yingluck Shinawatra along with scores of ousted government leaders, political figures, critics and academics in a sweeping roundup since the coup, which has drawn sharp international criticism. The army said demonstrators would be held for one or two days, but could be jailed for up to two years if they kept taking to the streets.

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