Thai troops swoop on fugitive former minister

Chaturon Chaisang (C), who was education minister in the government ousted by the military last week, is arrested by Thai soldiers at the FCCT (Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand) in Bangkok on May 27, 2014Thai soldiers swooped to detain a fugitive former cabinet minister on Tuesday after he emerged from hiding to become the first member of the ousted government to publicly denounce a military coup. In dramatic scenes played out in front of stunned journalists, Chaturon Chaisang, education minister in a government ousted by the army last week, was marched out of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand by troops. Despite warnings by the top general of a widening crackdown on dissent, protesters have been gathering in small but vehement rallies in Bangkok. An army spokesman said former premier Yingluck Shinawatra had been released by the military and allowed to return home, the first official confirmation of her whereabouts since she was detained last week after reporting to the junta.

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