Even a Military Coup in Thailand Can’t Stop Selfies

A member of the press takes a "selfie" with Thai army soldiers standing guard at the grounds of the venue for peace talks between pro- and anti-government groups on May 22, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The army chief announced in an address to the nation that the armed forces were seizing power amid reports that leaders of the opposing groups attending the talks were being detained by the military. Thailand has seen months of political unrest and violence which has claimed at least 28 lives.
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Following six months of protests and two days of martial law, the Thai army has overthrown the government in Bangkok, markings its second coup of the decade and 12th since 1932. "There is no justification for this military coup," said Secretary of State John Kerry. "While we value our long friendship with the Thai people, this act will have negative implications for the U.S.–Thai relationship, especially for our relationship with the Thai military."

The New York Times reports:

In a series of announcements Thursday, the military declared the Constitution invalid, dissolved the Cabinet, banned gatherings of more than five people, imposed a curfew and shut schools. But it said the courts would continue operating, as would the Senate, half of whose members are appointed and are friendly to the Bangkok elite.

But nothing can stop people from awkwardly taking cell phone photos of themselves. Nothing.