Thai troops detain gov't minister who blasted coup

TODD PITMAN THANYARAT DOKSONE Associated Press Published:

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai soldiers have detained a Cabinet minister who emerged from hiding to condemn last week's coup.

The troops detained Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang on Tuesday after entering a conference room at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand in Bangkok where he was speaking.

The surprise news conference was the first public appearance by any member of the ousted government.

The junta, which seized power Thursday, has detained most top members of the country's elected administration.

Chaturon had urged a return to civilian rule and warned that resistance to the army overthrow could grow, which could lead to "a disaster for this country."

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