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Yingluck detained by military, release expected within one week

English.news.cn   2014-05-24 13:58:31

BANGKOK, May 24 (Xinhua) -- A number of prominent Thai political figures, including former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, have been detained by the military junta, and are expected to be released within a week, deputy army spokesman Winthai Suvaree said on Saturday.

These people are now safe and are being taken good care of, Winthai said.

They will be released at different times, some in three days, some in five days, but no one is expected to be detained for more than a week, he said.

The military junta also summoned 35 more people to report to the army auditorium by 4 p.m. local time Saturday; otherwise, they will face prison time and a fine.

Winthai added that 24 digital TV stations had been allowed to resume broadcasts, but the ban on 14 stations and community radio are still in place.

The military junta already allowed several free TV stations to air again from Friday night.

In a separate incident, about 100 people demonstrated on Saturday in front of Major Ratchayothin shopping mall in Bangkok to protest against the military coup.

They reportedly gathered at around noon and chanted "Election" and "No coup."

Later they were dispersed after troops deployed there threatened to arrest them for violating the martial law, but vowed to return to hold more rallies.

Soon after Thursday's coup, the military junta issued an order banning political rallies of five people or more.

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