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Police and soldiers stand guard outside a military compound before former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to meet Thailand’s ruling military in Bangkok. The new rulers summoned the entire former government and members of the politically influential Shinawatra family a day after it seized control in a bloodless coup. Thailand has seen months of unrest, which has claimed at least 28 lives in politically related violence.
Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club, where Thailand’s army chief held a meeting with all rival factions in central Bangkok. Thailand’s army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, took control of the government in the coup on Thursday, saying the army had to restore order and push through reforms, two days after he declared martial law.
Buddhist monks in Thailand set lights at Wat Dhammakaya on the outskirts of Bangkok as part of the Visakha Bucha Day ceremonies on Friday. On this day devout Buddhists and followers gather to celebrate the three precepts of Buddha; his birth, his enlightenment and his death. The day is recognised as the most important in Buddhist calender