Thailand’s junta announced on May 29 they would no longer allow any demonstration against last week’s military coup, and deployed some 1,350 troops and police to seal off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections to prevent a planned protest.

The large army deployment came a day after hundreds of protesters gathered at the capital's Victory Monument and outnumbered soldiers.

Earlier, in another part of the city, about 100 students held an anti-coup protest on the campus of Thammasat University, which ended peacefully.

Somyot Poompanmoung, the deputy national police chief, said small protests would no longer be allowed as they are against the law.

The mounting tension comes a week after the army seized power, overthrowing the government. The army says it had to act to restore order after seven months of increasingly violent political turbulence.

The same day, a Thailand’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a press conference that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) gives priority to ensuring national administration functions run as normal, especially promoting social stability and projects related to the livelihood and well-being of local people.-VNA