Thai coup leader warns against protests

BANGKOK - The top general in Thailand's ruling junta warned people Sunday not to join anti-coup street protests, saying normal democratic principles cannot be applied at the time.


Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha also defended the detentions of dozens of politicians and activists, most of them associated with the ousted government,
with a spokesman quoting him as saying that the measure would not last more than a week and was allowed by law.


In a chilling move apparently aimed at neutralizing critics and potential opposition, the junta has also ordered dozens of outspoken activists, academics and journalists to surrender themselves to military authorities, including a prominent reporter who was summoned to report Sunday. (AP)