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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 September 2006, 19:40 GMT 20:40 UK
In pictures: Thailand coup

Thai soldiers ride in tanks next to Government House in Bangkok

Thailand' military has staged a coup, seizing government offices and television stations.

Troops stand guard outside Government House in Bangkok

A spokesman for the coup leaders said Thailand's parliament had been dissolved and the constitution suspended.

Thai soldiers stand guard on military tanks in front of the Government House in Bangkok

Soldiers have entered Government House and tanks have moved into position around the building.

Thai soldiers stand guard at the Government House in Bangkok

Witnesses said several hundred troops were posted at key points around Bangkok, including at government installations.

Thai soldiers travel in tanks towards the Thai Premier's offices in Bangkok

As the tanks rolled in, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra - who is at the UN General Assembly in New York - declared a state of emergency.

Thai soldiers stand guard in a military car next to Government House in Bangkok

The forces are thought to be loyal to a military commander sacked by the prime minister earlier on Tuesday.

Pro-coup demonstrators rally outside the UN in New York

Supporters of the coup rallied outside UN headquarters in New York with posters condemning PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

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