Soldiers have been positioned on street corners after months of anti-government protests but Thailand’s army chief has denied the intervention is a military coup and the caretaker government remains in office.
Troops have also been positioned at television stations and some parts of the media are being censored, with 10 satellite and online TV channels prohibited from broadcasting, including one owned by the son of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Social media users have been warned against posting comments which incite conflict and violence.
But Bangkok residents report that it has been a relatively quiet day otherwise. Some locals were even spotted taking “selfie” pictures with soldiers.