1st Anniversary of Thai Coup
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Thailand marked the 1st anniversary of the coup that deposed the elected Pheu Thai government. The six months preceding the coup had been marked by street protests and increasing violence led by Suthep Thaugsuban, an opposition politician. The army stepped in on May 20, 2014 and unilaterally declared martial law. After two days of martial law, army commander Prayuth Chan-o-cha declared that he was taking all power and the civilian government had been overthrown. There were small protests in several places in Bangkok and upcountry Thailand. Police made arrests at many of them. The protest at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre was the biggest. About 100 people gathered to protest the coup. The police made repeated sweeps through the crowd, arresting the crowd's leaders and there were some scuffles between protestors and police.