In Bangkok, five Thai army generals staged an abortive coup on Saturday and the government announced that they and 300 troops who were with them had surrendered.
General Bangkok street scenes after coup attempt, Radio Thailand broadcasting station and military installations occupied by dissidents, Government tanks move into the Supreme Command HQs, Government troops rush into the key military installations.
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Background: In Bangkok, five Thai army generals staged an abortive coup on Saturday and the government announced that they and 300 troops who were with them had surrendered.
Styling themselves the "Revolutionary Council" they seized the Radio Thailand broadcasting station at 6 am and declared they had seized power from the six-month-old military-backed government of Mr. Thanin.
The government said the man behind the coup bid was ex-general Chalard Hiranyasiri, a 55-year-old soldier-politician sacked from the armed forces last October shortly after the military coup which ended three years of democracy.
Gen. Chalard had become a Buddhist monk shortly after his sack from the army, and he left the monastery to stage a coup attempt.
The troops behind the revolutionary council occupied three military installations in Bangkok, including the headquarters of the anti-communist Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC).
Government tanks knocked down the side gate of the supreme command headquarters and troops moved in behind, evidently to flush out dissident soldiers, but there were no shooting or casualties and the 300 troops gradually surrendered in small groups.
The government said only one key army general - 1st Infantry Division Commander - Arun Thavathasint was shot dead by the dissident soldiers because be refused to join them.
The Thai government announced it had allowed five leaders of an abortive coup to leave the country in exchange for two high-ranking military officers whom they had held as hostages, however it did not give their destination.