Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha declared on TV pool that the armed forces and police have formed the National Peacekeeping Committee to seize power.
Thailand will take care of foreigners and continue relations with foreign countries, he said.
Prayuth and the police chief and other armed forces’ chef went on TV to announce the coup after the seven-partite meeting at the Army Club failed.
After the talk failed at 4:10 pm, Prayuth ordered the break of the meeting and representatives of five side were taken away in over ten vans to the First Infantry Regiment, located next to the Army Club, the reports said.
The meeting mediated by Prayuth was attended by representatives of the red-shirt movement, the government, the Pheu Thai, the Democrat, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, the Senate and the Election Commission.
Only representatives of the Senate and the EC were not taken away in the military truck.