Thailand martial law: What does martial law entail?

Thai soldiers stand in front of the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand television station in Bangkok on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Thai soldiers stand in front of the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand television station in Bangkok on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Thailand's army imposed martial law nationwide on Tuesday after months of political turmoil. Here's a look at what martial law entails:

Martial law gives military officers the power to:

- Take action against war or riots;

- Use arms to suppress unrest;

- Search, confiscate or occupy any premises or vehicles;

- Censor information;

- Block, search and control postal services;

- Activate the military court to judge on crimes within the area under martial law;

- Mobilise civilians to help the military;

- Procure resources such as vehicles or logistical materials to support military operations;

- Prohibit public gatherings, publications, broadcasting, transport, communication, travel, the movement of people or any action that the Defence Ministry deems necessary;

- Enforce curfews;

- Destroy, remove or adjust any premise or location for the purpose of military operations;

- Arrest and detain suspects for a maximum of seven days.

- People are not entitled to any compensation for damage incurred during such military operations;

- Martial law can only be ended with a Royal Decree.

Source: The Nation/Asia News Network