Photo Special: Thai Coup 2014 As It Happened

Published on 23rd May 2014 by Stickboy BKK

It all started around 4.40pm local time with all the free to air TV stations going from normal service to a still image and music. That was the sign that the afternoon meeting with the army and those on opposite sides of the political divide had reached a conclusion.

thai tv shut down

And that conclusion was a coup d’état. The army was seizing power.

army coup broadcast

Around 5pm Thailand’s army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, and four of his colleagues appeared on all channels simultaneously with their official announcement of the coup.

Over the following 90 minutes many further broadcasts by army officials were made including the news that a curfew would be imposed countrywide from 10pm and last until 5am.

The Friday commute turned to chaos. And let me point out that this was the only chaos. I say this as CNN, who were later taken off air, were using the term chaos to suggest the situation had turned violent at the coup announcement. Utter nonsense.

commute home coup 2014

Roads were gridlocked for hours…

commute home coup 2014

Buses were packed….

commute home coup 2014

And into darkness things were moving at a snails pace…

commute home coup 2014

And the BTS and MRT were jammed full as they announced an early closing time of 9pm. People were anxious to get home before 10pm.

bts and mrt coup 2014

bts and mrt coup 2014

bts and mrt coup 2014

News of the curfew had people stocking up and 7-Elevens were looking bare.

empty streets shelves 7-11 curfew bangkok 2014

Around 11pm the streets were eerily quiet. Below is the always busy Victory Monument roundabout with no cars, buses or bikes.

empty streets curfew bangkok 2014

Main roads dead…

empty streets curfew bangkok 2014

And a much talked about subject, the always open 7-Elevens were closed. A first?

empty streets curfew bangkok 2014

The backpacker ghetto of Khao San Road was deserted by 11pm.

empty streets curfew bangkok 2014

And Sukhumvit Road at 4am was no mans land.

empty streets curfew bangkok 2014

The military was at selected locations around the city overnight but no reports of any clashes, violence or disturbances were reported on either mainstream media or social media.

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