U.S. Condemns Thai Takeover As a Coup, Leaving Aid in Question

TIME

American officials offered across-the-board condemnation Thursday of what they quickly called a coup in Thailand after the Thai military suspended the constitution and took over the government earlier in the day.

“I am disappointed by the decision of the Thai military to suspend the constitution and take control of the government after a long period of political turmoil, and there is no justification for this military coup,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement Thursday. “I am concerned by reports that senior political leaders of Thailand’s major parties have been detained and call for their release. I am also concerned that media outlets have been shut down.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that “the U.S. urges the restoration of civilian government immediately.”

The coup followed six months of political turmoil that has led to at least 28 deaths and 700 injuries. Martial law was declared…

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