SA slams ‘coup’ in Thailand

Johannesburg -

The South African government has condemned the military’s actions in Thailand, and has called for constitutional order, the Department of International Relations said on Friday.

A Thai soldier mans a machine gun in central Bangkok on May 20, 2014. Thailand's army declared martial law on Tuesday to restore order after six months of anti-government protests which have left the country without a proper functioning government. Picture: Chaiwat Subprasom. Credit: Reuters

“The South African government has expressed concern regarding the political situation in the Kingdom of Thailand, particularly in light of the unconstitutional change of government that took place on 22 May 2014,” said spokesman Clayson Monyela in a statement.

“South Africa condemns the coup and calls on all relevant parties to work speedily and through an inclusive process towards the restoration of constitutional order.”

Monyela said South Africa was monitoring the situation.

He urged South Africans living there or visiting to stay away from protest areas.

Thailand's military seized power of the country on Thursday, dissolving the government and suspending the constitution, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

Since November, anti-government protesters had been calling for the removal of the Shinawatra family over alleged corruption and influencing Thailand's politics. Sporadic violent protests left 28 people dead and hundreds injured, AP reported. - Sapa