BANGKOK: Thai soldiers swooped to detain a fugitive former cabinet minister on Tuesday after he emerged from hiding to become the first member of the ousted government to publicly denounce a military coup.
In dramatic scenes played out in front of stunned journalists, Chaturon Chaisang, education minister in a government ousted by the army last week, was marched out of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand by troops.
The veteran politician was holding a press conference in defiance of an order for him to report to the junta.
He decried the coup-makers as inexperienced, warning of burgeoning resistance to the power grab as well as the potential for the army to “be more cruel than you might expect”.
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