Thai soldiers stand guard in front of the Democracy Monument after the coup Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's military seized power Thursday in a bloodless coup, dissolving the government, suspending the constitution and dispersing groups of protesters from both sides of the country's political divide who had gathered in Bangkok and raised fears of a violent showdown.
I am also concerned that media outlets have been shut down. I urge the restoration of civilian government immediately, a return to democracy, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, such as press freedoms. The path forward for Thailand must include early elections that reflect the will of the people.
During the 2010 military crackdown, Facebook and Twitter were blocked after the government took control of TV stations. Reporters claimed they were being targeted by during the unrest. Two journalists — freelance photojournalist Fabio Polenghi and TV journalist Nelson Rand — died from gunshot wounds.
People have been warned about not being critical of the military on social media. Which means we could lose Twitter & Facebook #ThaiCoup— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) May 22, 2014