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Thailand’s army declared martial law on Tuesday, deploying troops into the heart of Bangkok in a dramatic move it said was aimed at stabilizing the Southeast Asian country after six months of turbulent political unrest.

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In this Tuesday, May 20, 2014 file photo, passersby have their photograph taken with a Thai soldier guarding a pedestrian overfly near the site where pro-government demonstrators stage a rally on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Anti-government protesters dance during a rally near the Government House in Bangkok May 20, 2014.

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A woman takes a "selfie" photograph as activists attend a small protest against the declaration of martial law and the army's involvement in politics, in central Bangkok May 20, 2014.

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A Buddhist monk offers energy drink to Thai soldiers guarding a pedestrian overfly near the site where pro-government demonstrators stage a rally on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

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Residents stop to take a photograph of themselves at a military checkpoint in central Bangkok, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

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