Truckloads of Thai soldiers block protest as junta bans all anti-coup demonstrations

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Associated Press

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 12:34 PM

BANGKOK (AP) — More than 1,000 Thai troops and police have sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections to prevent a planned protest, as authorities say they will no longer allow demonstrations against last week's military coup.

Truckloads of soldiers blocked all incoming roads to the capital's Victory Monument in a massive show of force at the height of Thursday evening's rush hour. The area serves as one of the city's commuter bus hubs.

There was little sign of protesters, who have come out almost daily to defy a ban on political gatherings.

A Belgian man was detained for displaying a T-shirt saying "PEACE PLEASE," and two Thai women were taken away after they showed signs with anti-coup messages.

The anti-coup demonstrations have been generally small and mostly leaderless but protesters have called for a mass rally on Sunday.

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APPHOTO WW109: Thai soldiers guard the area to prevent an anti-coup demonstration at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, May 29, 2014. Hundreds of Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections Thursday in an attempt to block a planned protest one week after a military coup. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn) (29 May 2014)

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APPHOTO WW101: Thai soldiers secure the bus stop area to prevent the anti-coup demonstration at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, May 29, 2014. More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections Thursday to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week's military coup. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn) (29 May 2014)

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APPHOTO WW107: Thai school girls have their photographs taken with soldiers guarding the area to prevent anti-coup demonstration at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, May 29, 2014. More than 1,000 Thai troops and police sealed off one of Bangkok's busiest intersections Thursday to prevent a planned protest, as authorities said they would no longer allow any demonstrations against last week's military coup. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn) (29 May 2014)

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