Thousands of police and soldiers were deployed across the Thai capital city of Bangkok on June 8 as the military administration tries to enforce a ban of political rallies.

Deputy national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung affirmed that around 6,500 soldiers and police had been sent to several key places believed to be the areas for protest.

Earlier, anti-coup protestors threatened to stage large-scale rallies in defiance of the curfew and the ban of all political assemblies.

Tension has escalated in Thailand since the military seized power from the civilian government on May 22, explaining that it acted to restore order after seven months of growing political unrest. However, the coup has met with strong opposition, with small protests taking place almost daily in the capital city.-VNA