Although Thailand has been under martial law, life goes on as normal, with a number of women taking selfies with soldiers on the streets of Bangkok on Wednesday (May 21).
Analysts say the Army's actions over the next few days could determine what happens to Thailand in the future. Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said he wanted to “bring back peace” and martial law would be lifted when “there is stability.”
Gen Prayuth imposed martial law early on Tuesday, citing the need to create national peace after more than six months of political protests in Bangkok.
Human Rights Watch called the Army's actions a “de facto coup” while the US State Department said it expects the Thai Army to ensure that this is a temporary, peacekeeping action.