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