Thailand's Army Declares Martial Law

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Political tensions have escalated in Thailand, as the army declared martial law nationwide early Tuesday morning.

The army chief said this is not a coup. The acting prime minister has been in power for two weeks and the imposition of martial law was reportedly declared without his knowledge.

This comes after months of anti-government demonstrations, some of them violent. The BBC’s Jonah Fisher discusses what’s behind the political unrest with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Note: Please download the Here & Now podcast or use the WBUR app to hear this interview.


  • Jonah Fisher, correspondent for the BBC. He tweets @JonahFisher.
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