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Thai Military Junta Says the Putsch Should Not Be Called a Coup

Thailand’s military rulers have a message for an international community concerned about their recent takeover of the country: It’s not a coup.

Having used the threat of military trial to stifle criticism of the junta in the Thai press, schools and on the streets, Army Chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha is sending diplomats to explain the situation to foreign governments and ask for understanding. It’s also asking the media to make a few tweaks.