The Royal Thai Army on Tuesday declared martial law amartacross the crisis-gripped kingdom to restore peace and order following months of anti-government protests.

The military statement was signed by army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-Ocha. It cited a 100 year old law that gives it authority to intervene during times of crisis, and said it had taken the action because on-going mass rallies between political rivals “could impact the country’s security and safety of the lives and properties of the public.” An announcement broadcast on army-run TV Channel 5 said martial law had been invoked “to restore peace and order for people from all sides”, stressing that the move “is not a coup”.
“The public do not need to panic but can still live their lives as normal,” it added.
People in Bangkok have taken this news positively and heaved a sigh of relief. The pictures below show you how the Thai public has received the news. Traffic in the city is more gridlocked than usual but all sightseeing attractions, hotels and restaurants are functioning as normal.
This move by the Army should result in political opponents settling their differences and letting every Thai citizen get on with their lives. More important tourism companies, tour guides and Hotels can heave a sigh of relief as Thailand limps back to normalcy.