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Protesters rally against Thai coup

Published 0936 GMT (1736 HKT) May 25, 2014
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Troops on the ground in central Bangkok on March 24 monitor protests against the Thai military's coup. CNN
All political gatherings are illegal under the military's rules so any protesters are at risk of being arrested. CNN
One of the most common things anti-coup protesters are telling CNN is that while neighboring Myanmar is developing economically and politically, Thailand is heading in the opposite direction -- and it used to be the other way round. CNN
CNN has seen no significant violence at any protests to either people or property -- just a lot of pushing and shoving. CNN
Many of the troops look scared and seem unhappy about being on the streets of their own city -- although none have said this explicitly.
At most of the protests CNN has seen, one of two of the most vociferous protesters who become a focal point, are unceremoniously dragged away by soldiers to the loud screams of their fellow protesters.
The military administration has given itself sweeping powers but on the whole the soldiers are allowing some protests and not being heavy handed, according to CNN staff. CNN
Away from the protest sites, Bangkok is very much going about its business as normal. Simon Harrison/CNN
The biggest problem for people is the curfew which is still in place from 10p.m. to 5a.m. local. That's a major headache for everyone and businesses are not happy about it at all. Simon Harrison/CNN
The political crisis is expected to have an impact on Thailand's tourism industry. Simon Harrison/CNN
As anti-coup protesters rallied in Bangkok on Saturday, the military continued to hold former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after ordering her to report a day earlier. CNN
The military administration has summoned dozens of prominent Thai figures since it took power, including politicians and activists, and banned them from leaving the country. Simon Harrison/CNN
Thailand's Senate has also been dissolved, according to a statement from the military chief read out on the country's broadcast outlets.
The military has asked the public not to worry about the treatment of those being detained. "We look after them very well," said a military council spokesman.
People are also being warned by the military against posting misleading or critical comments on social media platforms.
The United States and other countries have criticized the military's intervention, the latest in a long list of coups in Thailand, and called for the swift restoration of democracy. Simon Harrison/CNN