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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2006, 06:14 GMT 07:14 UK
In pictures: Thais wake to coup

A Thai soldier stands guard next to a tank at dawn near the Government House in Bangkok

Thailand woke on Wednesday to confirmation that military leaders had staged an overnight coup.

Newspaper readers gather for the latest editions in downtown Bangkok

Martial law has been declared, with large gatherings of people and critical news reporting banned.

Thai monks stand in front of a soldier truck near Government House in Bangkok

The country's stock market, banks and schools will be closed on Wednesday, which has been declared a public holiday.

Thai army soldiers monitor roads linking to the Government House building in Bangkok

The coup leaders have said that regional army commanders will take charge of areas outside the capital, Bangkok.

A Thai soldier mans his machine gun near the Government House in Bangkok

Mr Thaksin's deputy and chief aide, Chidchai Vanasathidya, has been taken into army custody.

A Thai family poses for photographs

Army chief Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin said in a TV address that the coup was necessary to unite the country.

Thai Buddhists pray in Bangkok - 20/9/06

For ordinary Thais, the next few days could be uncertain and uneasy.

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