Photo by Flickr user goshen42.
What do you do when your government is tainted with corruption and cronyism? Perform a coup d'etat, of course. That's what the Thailand military did last night. From BBC News:
Thai military leaders have begun consolidating their hold on power after staging a coup while Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was abroad.Flickr user goshen42 took a series of photos during the first two hours of the coup. He said, "Trying to provide a real picture of what is going on here. The thing to remember is that everything is calm and the soldiers are for the most part friendly and relaxed. Everything would seem as normal to an outsider...if you didn't notice all the tanks that is."
Martial law has been declared, with large gatherings of people and critical news reporting banned.
Mr Thaksin's deputy and chief aide, Chidchai Vanasathidya, has been taken into army custody.
Army chief Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin said in a TV address that the coup was necessary to unite the country.
The military had no intention of holding onto power, he added.
The coup leaders have announced that regional army commanders will take charge of areas outside the capital, Bangkok.
They have also ordered provincial governors and heads of government agencies to report to them.
You can view his Flickr set of the Thai coup here. Bangkok Post has all the updates.
I guess now isn't a good time for a holiday in Thailand unless you have a thing for martial law and friendly soldiers and tanks moving around while you shop the streets of Bangkok.