A man gestures towards soldiers who arrived to control a protest against military rule in central Bangkok
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Thai army tells BBC: 'We are neutral'

23 May 2014 Last updated at 16:23 BST

The Thai army has told the BBC it remains neutral following Thursday's coup and that it only intends to hold political leaders for one week.

Thailand's ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra and a number of members of her family have been detained.

Six of Thailand's most senior military officers have now been appointed to run the country, with provincial commanders supervising local government.

Colonel Werachon Sukhondhadhpatipak told BBC World TV's Lucy Hockings why the army had detained so many political officials.