Thailand tourists and locals, as part of their daily routine, have taken time to pose for selfies amid the tenseful environment with the declaration of martial law before dawn on May 20.
Army Chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha declared martial law at 3 a.m. citing a 1914 law that the authority has the power to intervene in times of crisis. A signed statement noted the military had taken actions to keep peace and order, but denied it is not a coup d' etat.
What follows the declaration are troops and armored vehicles taking positions outside the broadcast facilities and in the streets at some key intersections in Bangkok.
With the suspension of normal programming, television stations in the country are placed under the watchful eyes of the authority.
"The Army aims to maintain peace, order and public safety for all groups and all parties. People are urged not to panic, and can carry on their business as usual. Declaring martial law is not a coup d' etat," read the ticker from the television channel according to CNN.
Apparently, the ordinary citizens and people in Thailand have been accustomed to the political unrest that has beset the country over the past six months. Commuters and passers-by rarely blink their eyes while going through the main intersection in Bangkok's shopping district, which is already occupied with an armored vehicle at the center.
Some of the citizens snapped selfies while attending a small rally near the Government House in Bangkok in opposition to the martial law declaration. There are also others to take their smartphones and tablets to click photographs of the passing military vehicles.
In an article from First Post, a manager for an IT company named Win said, "I am not worried but let's wait and see. Now there is deadlock. I'm OK with martial law, it is a way to control the two sides. In a few days, the situation will be clearer."
Bangkok-based risk assessment firm PQA Associates Director Paul Quaglia said the situation in Thailand is a martial law light.
He added, "I think what the military is trying to do with this...is to convince protesters to go home. They're trying to dial down the tensions here as well as preempt several large rallies and strikes that were scheduled for later this week."
Checkout the selfies and other photos in the slideshow regarding the declaration of martial law in Thailand.