earlier this week, the head of thailand's army gave orders to some of the country's top diplomats. general prayuth chan-ocha told them to seek international understanding for the military's ouster of the government. the general organized the military overthrow, or coup, last month. he now holds all administrative and legislative power in thailand.
general prayuth chan-ocha met on wednesday with 23 of thailand's ambassadors and general consuls working in 21 countries. the general told the diplomats that they have a duty to create international understanding about the coup last month. thai military and foreign ministry officials reported his comments.
thailand's military rulers have set up a group called the national council for peace and order to govern the country. the military has detained several hundred people, including politicians, activists and members of the media. many have been released after being held for a week or two in military camps. some of those targeted have disobeyed orders to surrender. among them are thais living overseas.
protesters scuffle with soldiers during a rally at victory monument in bangkok may 28, 2014.
as the general met with diplomats, a number of thai military commanders were on their way to china. they were to meet with top-level chinese army officials. the two countries have held joint exercises in the past.
thailand's military rulers say china has been supportive of the coup. but western nations, including the united states, have been critical of the government's ouster. the u.s. military suspended training operations with thailand's forces in answer to the coup.