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. hello. this is bbc world news. our top stories. people are killed in china's far west as two cars plow into a market. one explodes. the authorities are calling it terrorism. a dozen ukrainian troops are forced to be killed near donetsk because violence flairs in the east. crisis talks in thailand. it's been reported one of the key leaders of the long running protest movement is detained by troops. for the first time in decades, fighting season is
cancelled after three matadors are gored. hello again. we're going to begin with breaking news. one of the leaders of the protest movement in thailand has been detained by army troops. he had been invited to peace talks convened by thailand's military chief. he declared martial law earlier in the week. thailand's military is due to make announcement at any moment. we are outside the building where the talks are taking place. did you see him being led away?
when this did supposedly happen? >> reporter: just a few minutes ago. it's still a chaotic scene at the club. the military behind me. the army asserted presence around the compound.w" 5búgi there was chaos as they pushed people back. minivans full of people. it was said he was in one of them. to be frank at the moment, we're trying to work out what is happening. television stations have been taken off the air. given the fact we've got martial law at the moment, there's speculation this could be a possible coup. to be honest with you, we're trying to work out what has happened. something has certainly happened here. exactly what i can't tell you. >> are those three stations taken off the air in addition to ten taken off a couple of days
ago? the analysis is this could be a creeping coup. >> reporter: it didn't feel in the last few minutes it was a creeping coup. it felt like something quite definitive taking place. it's been clear the army is in control. there's a caretaker government in theory. but, well, we're going to have to see how this plays out here. there's talk there might be announcement on television in the next couple of hours. we'll have to wait and see what it is. obviously most the news outlets here have been shut down. >> if you could draw any sort of conclusion about the political alliances of the army, what would be the rational taking thaugsuban out of those meetings? >> reporter: we don't know if
that's what happened. it would be surprising. the thaugsuban is thought to have a good relationship with the military. it would be a surprising development. the two sides have been talking two days. the army decided the two sides were too far apart, there was no sort of agreement. they decided to act. who knows? we're going to have to wait and see. >> do you feel under pressure doing reporting just talking to me? a lot of local people aren't able to go on tv. do you feel under pressure standing right there? >> reporter: do i feel under pressure? well, not really. i think for the most part international media has not been touched by the censorship that
has been rolled out over the last couple of days here. in the past when this sort of thing happened in china, bbc and other channels have been blacked out. as far as we know that's not happening at the moment. we're aware very tight laws are in place on what people can say on air, academics. for example, people can't criticize martial law. social media atmosphere has completely changed. international broadcasters haven't been sucked into that at the moment. >> you may be under pressure after hearing this. it's reported the army chief says the army is taking control of the government and therefore surely that continue dustitutes. >> reporter: that coup. if that's the truth, this is a
military coup here, what many have been expecting the last several days. obviously it was decided by the army chief talks weren't going anywhere. quite frankly two days of talks, each lasting two hours. it would appear this announcement is delaiy from the military chief. >> it could be open ended considering thailand's history. 18 attempted or successful coups since 1832. this could last some time. >> reporter: thailand has a long history of military coups. this will be the 12th during the like of the president -- the king here. this country is use in a way to experience of military coups. one would imagine -- we'll have to see what plan the army chiefs have laid out.
it may be quite some time before thailand can think about holding elections. this announcement of a coup would mark the end of the caretaker government which is the elected government here in thailand and the beginning of really new territory politically. obviously the real danger is the red shirt movement, broadly speaking pro government movement, will decide to come back on the streets despite the martial law and coup being prepared. they will regard this as power taken from the people they elected. it's likely, most think, it will lead to people on the streets and quite frankly bloody confrontation. >> thank you jonah. we're looking at pictureses of thailand's army chief. in fact pictures taken a few minutes ago. this is the general declaring
the army has taken control of thailand's government. it was an interim prime minister serving after the previous prime minister was forced to leave office after a court decision with six months of political crisis. red shirts, yellow shirts, pro and antigovernment protestors on the streets taking part in protests that led to violent confrontation. this decision by the thai army. many predicting this would happen in thailand. few days ago they declared they wanted to restore order in the country. as jonah is telling us after a second day of talks between the two sides convened by the military, the general has gone firm had the the army has taken control of the government. we'll have plenty more as the
story develops out of thailand for you here on bbc world news. in other news, 31 have been killed in an attack on a busy street market in china's north eastern region. two vehicles drove into crowds of shoppers before 8:00 a.m. local time. several explosions were reported. previous attacks in the same region were blamed on extremists from the xinjiang population. >> the chinese president has released a statement. he's calling for the investigation to be involved quickly. he's calling for the attackers to be punished. he's calling for security to be tightened even further in the xinjiang region. this leads to a pattern that appears to be continuing over the past few you -- few years.
we see violence of minority living in the region. many are upset over the cultural and economic domination of chinese migrants moving in the area. we see an attack, security crack down on the weeger population. we see another attack. unfortunately this is the latest in the pattern. >> you mention it's been going on a few years. the president is asking for security to be tightened. it's not only confrontational approach the president is taking with the weeger. what else is a cause of uprising? >> it has been using various methods to try to crack down on weegers. for example, it recently announced several tens of thousands of chinese officials
will be moving to villages across the region. you're right, not simply heavy handed security tactics. however, we're seeing security tightened over and over. for example, china's top security chief is flying to xinjiang now to oversee the investigation. really, the first response from the chinese government we saw today was to announce a tightened security measures. >> reports from ukraine. at least 12 have been killed in clashes with pro russian separatists in the east of the country. journalists working for the ap news agency counted 11 bodies at a ukrainian military check point near donetsk. they also say they saw three burned out ukrainian personnel carriers there. there was another attack in the luhansk region. one soldier killed, two injured. ukraine holds elections this week, one to provide a minister
to replace the former one that fled earlier in the year. when did clashes start? how did they begin? >> it happened overnight. early in the morning there was a particular attack in the area near the village which hasn't been in the recent violence. there was a recent ukrainian check point. they put it up yesterday. it was attacked by pro separatist militants. several armored personnel carriers were destroyed. loss of life was ammunition that exploded during the attack. according to the security chief of the security national council, there were four attacks overnight at four locations. one is still ongoing. it intensified seriously. as you correctly say, this is all because of the upcoming presidential elections which the separatists vowed to not hold in
areas which they claim under their control. >> yes, indeed. kiev says it insists the elections will go ahead across the hull of the country. those soldier, ukrainian ones, making sure people can go to the polling stations? >> this is the reason they're there. according to the latest information, a third of the polling stations are under control of separatists. two thirds is operational. whether people will be brave enough to come out and vote -- many want to exercise their right and vote, but many are intimidated. in places like areas where the fighting is going on, people will be afraid to come out and exercise rights. >> nato says there's troop movement on the ukrainian boarder and could signify the start of their withdraw. would this thing keep them
there? >> on the one hand, at least it's started. the leader of the separatist luhansk region has asked president putin today to send in peace keepers. the minister has called for emergency meeting of the security council saying he's got evidence of direct training of militants training soldiers. we can't say the deescalation is underway. there's a lot of violence, a lot of killing. ukrainian government is under internal pressure which is pro russian separatists in the east. >> do you get the impression despite the moral support, the west is giving to government in kiev and it's being left on its own to deal with this problem? >> it is getting some non lethal aid. this is all very small in this
whole very, very serious battle. >> if you look at weapons separatists are using, they're shooting down helicopters, armored personnel carriers. it's not something you can buy in re nearby gunshot. we're talking about serious confrontation with serious backing. yes, there's quite a lot of evidence of either russian citizens or people who were trained in russia being involved in this. it's quite serious between the to countries. rhetoric shows no sign of end. if you look on television channels, you see the countries are drifting from each in a big way. the level of distrust is increasing quite dangerously i would say. >> thanks for coming in. thanks a lot. in other news, the first votes are cast in the european
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"gmt" in an hour's time. back to you. >> thanks. for the first time in years, the bullfighting season has been cancelled. all three matadors have been gored by bulls. just a warning about this report from richard, there are some images you may find disturbing. >> it's a highlight in the bullfighting calendar. for the first time in 35 years the festival had to be suspended because of this. the matador is thrown around like a rag doll suffering serious injuries but not life threatening event. then spectators watched a second matador tossed in the air and injured. there was a third incident. the matadors were unphased by their experience. >> although the gore as good serious, it heals after a while. >> i hope the recovery won't
take too long. in a month i'm bullfighting. >> although this still packs out arenas, bullfighting is in decline. supporters fiercely defend its place in modern society claiming it's fundamental to spain's heritage. richard forest, bbc world news. just a reminder of our main story comes from thailand where soldiers thursday have reportedly taken the leader of the antiprotest movement out of the meeting convened by thailand's army chief who wanted both sides of a very politically divided country to reach some sort of agreement to end six month large demonstrations of antigovernment protestors on the
streets of bangkok. protests that often turned violent. these are live pictures we are getting. in the past few minutes we have been hearing the head of the army in thailand has been on national tv to specifically address the nation about the military taking over control of the government. if it is indeed confirmed this is what the army is doing, it would clearly be the start of a coup in thailand and just with martial law being imposed just a couple of days ago with the army saying it definitely was not a coup and the government would still be in control of thailand. things have changed quite dramatically. whether it's because there's been no agreement between the two sides, we still haven't heard any of the reasoning behind the army's decision which as i stress, we're trying to confirm with our own
correspondents in i thailand whether this is indeed a coup. i believe the picture you see is our correspondent jonah fisher just speaking to a few minutes ago. he's outside theing is taking p. he was not able to confirm whether the antigovernment protest leader had been bundled into one of those trucks you see. that's what's being reported on the news agencies. also just coming up now, the red shirt leader has said they'll continue their rallies in capital despite what he is calling a coup. the news coming out of thailand is certainly local reports and roiters saying this is a coup by the military and it has taken control of the government. if it is, it will be another in a long line of coups by the military in thailand which has
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forced into marriage. hello again. we'll begin this bulletin with breaking news. there's been a military coup in thailand confirmed in the last few minutes live on television. let's go to jonah fisher live in bangkok. tell us more. >> reporter: yeah, i'm at the army club where dramatic scenes here in the last hour or so. the talks have been going on between the political parties and various demonstrating groups in bangkok. came to an end in what were fairly chaotic scenes as the military tried to assert their control blocking entrances and exits. protest leaders were taken away in buses surrounded by soldiers.
it's not clear what happened. in the announcement on thai television on free to air channels that the army had taken full control of power here.xpp2x we've been expecting this over the last couple of days. with the process of talks in place, it's a surprise it happened so soon. >> yes, indeed. things have changed since a couple of days ago when the army insisted the martial law was not a coup. what would the aim of the army be in taking control of the country? what would it achieve? >> the army is saying it's doing it to guarantee peace and stability in this country. only by doing this could they assert that control. their calculation is they simply couldn't bring the two sides together. they would have to impose solutions. this is likely not to be the end of things. all those people that voted for
elected government here, the red shirt movement, and their supporters will almost certainly not take this. we've had some suggestions that they are going to gather forces together and perhaps move into bangkok. a fluid situation only happening in the last hour or so. most think this will lead to more tension here and quite possible more confrontation. >> would you expect more arrests jonah? tell us about the leader of the antigovernment protest movement. is it possible to confirm whether he's been arrested? >> reporter: i can't tell you what's happened to protest leaders. it's suggested thaugsuban has been taken away. whether he's been taken for his own safety, to an army camp or being detained i don't know that as reported by media outlets.
we can't confirm it. it would be surprising if they arrested thaugsuban as his movement is regarded as having a good relationship with the thai military. it would be more likely they would arrest someone from the other side. a developing situation here. we may be kicked out of the army club at any minute now. thailand has changed in the last hour or so. this would be the 12th military coup now. people are bracing themselves for what would be an angry situation. >> what about those that don't necessarily have the very strong feelings towards pro or antigovernment. what would their reaction be to army taking control? >> reporter: it's hard to say. there are a huge amount of neutrals here in thailand at the
moment. many over the years have a strong political position. this is a polarized society in many ways. obviously the possibility of violence and unrest will be of deep concern to many thais who hoped this would be a way out that there would be negotiations, some sort of negotiated solution with the army as the mediator. that's not come to pass. in fact the army simply decided to dispense with confrontation, talks and take control themselves. >> is it possible in part to blame the army for the instability in thailand. every country that has this continual history of short term democracy interrupted by military coup then short term democracy then military coup, it doesn't lead to long term
planning. >> reporter: that's right. the army is without doubt the strongest political force here in thailand. it's a question of when and where they assert that power. in the last couple of years we've had shinawatra in power with her government. she was removed a couple of weeks ago. her government couldn't call on army to restore order at times when demonstrators were on the streets. army could have intervened at points when the antigovernment movement was marching through bangkok seizing government buildings, holding rally, bringing the town to a stand still. they chose not to step in to support the elected governments. they stepped in when they felt the unrest or violence was linked to violence that had gone too far. they've declared this and taken over control. we're going to have to wait and see what they then map out as to
where things will go from now. a possibility of a year or two of possibly we writing the political system here ahead of elections. that's what the antigovernment demonstrators wanted over the last several months. no elections. a period of changing the political system and then elections at the end of that. one would imagine they would have restructured the political system in a way that gives them more power. >> do you possibly see this as the beginning of the end of the political desi political dynasty and the party they control -- i'm not sure jonah can hear us anymore. if we re-establish jonah, if we can, we'll go back. in the past 15 minutes or so, the army chief in thailand, he
has appeared on television to say the army is taking control of the milita government. the report says 12 have been killed in clashes with pro russian separatists in the east of the country. journalists in the ap agency counted 11 bodies at a check point near donetsk. they also see three burned out personnel carriers n. the luhansk region one kill there had and two injured. i have been speaking to the correspondent there. >> earlier this morning there was an attack in the village which hasn't been the center of the recent violence. there was a recent ukrainian check point they put up yesterday. it was attacked by
proseparatists militants. several armored personnel carriers were destroyed. large loss of life because of ammunition that exploded during the attack. according to the security chief of ukrainian security national council, there were four attacks overnight at four locations. one is still ongoing. it intensified seriously. as you correctly say, this is all because of the upcoming presidential elections which the separatists vowed to not hold in areas can which they claim under their control. >> yes, indeed. kiev says it insists the elections will go ahead across the hull of the country. those soldier, ukrainian one, there to make sure the ballot boxes are usable and people can go to polling stations? >> this is part of the reason they're there. i think according to the latest information, a third of the polling stations is under control of the separatists. two-thirds can be operational. whether people will be brave
enough to come out and vote, according to our correspondents, many want to exercise their right and to vote. many will be certainly intimidated. in places like sloviansk, people will be afraid to come out and exercise rights. >> nato says there's troop movements on the border that could signify the start of their withdraw. would this thing still keep them there? >> there's a withdraw of russian reports that's started. on the other hand the leader of the separatists luhansk region has asked putin to send in peace keepers. the prime minister has called for emergency meeting of the security council. >> let's go back to jonah fisher in bangkok where are thailand's army has taken control of the government in the past 15 minutes or so.
i've seen you on the phone. do you have any idea -- have you been getting information about troop movements around the rest of bangkok? >> reporter: nothing that i can confirm to you. there's been some suggestion that the soldiers may be moving to different protest sites to disperse. i can't confirm at the moment. that's reported by local media here. one would imagine that would be one of the first hinges the army would try to do for possibility of reaction particularly from the government supporters, red shirts on the outskirts of bangkok. >> what about former prime minister yingluck shinawatra. did she stay in thailand? would she possibly be a target for arrest by the military? >> reporter: quite possibly. i simply don't know the answer
to that question. we know she did stay in the country after she was removed from power by court ruling. quite possibly she's in the north of thailand where her family is particularly strong politically. one would imagine all leaders that was the governing party here until recently might essentially be fearing for their own safety as the leaders of the protest movement. we don't know what's happened to leaders of protests. we saw them being detained, spir taken in mini buses. i can't confirm they have been detained. they may have been taken for their own safety. >> can you explain what's happening around where you are?
>> reporter: okay. well this is the army club where the talks have taken place over the last couple of days. i don't know what the quality of the line is. if you look behind me, you can see the military presence pushed up to this area where the journalist are forced back into. in the last hour, they moved to consolidate military presence in the compound, blocked the entry with military trucks. there was a considerable chaos around the site. then those minibuses came out. the army pushed back. the atmosphere completely changed. we knew something was up at that point. the television stations went off air and shortly after that, it was confirmed what many suspected when we saw the chaos and the confusion here. what quite possibly happened was talks had end and a military coup was about to be declared. >> the general who we're watching here now in his tv
address a few minutes ago saying he's taking over the government he says he wants to restore order and push through reforms. it's a nice, convenient open ended aim from him. this could take a long time. >> reporter: yeah. that's exactly what the antigovernment demonstrators are calling for over the last six or seven months as well. reform, some sort of change to the political system. what the red shirts, government here said, let's talk about reforms. let's have elections and then we can do reforms within that frame work. obviously the antigovernment movement didn't want that. they wanted an appointed government and a period of reforms. then at some point further down the line, possibly elections. so the fact the army are saying they stepped in to restore stability, well there indeed was a bit of instability with
demonstrations which at times turned violent. talk of reforms, well, i think many see that as them singing the tune of what the antigovernment demonstrators have been saying the last several months. reforms with which the antigovernment movement wants. reforms that destroy the opposition party, their sources of funding, trying to effectively make a system in which the pdrc elite groups in thailand have a chance of retaining substantial amounts of power after election. you have to bear in mind broadly speaking every time there's been election in the last ten years or so, the party broadly aligns with the elite in bangkok. we've had a party broadly connected to the red shirts. talk of reforms often in this context means reforms which will
reduce the power of the democratic process in a way, reduce the power of elected power and put more power in institutions such as constitutional court or a partially unelected senate. >> just finally jonah, when you look at thailand's recent history of political coups by the military, can the country expect some sort of stability or have those previous instances of coups led to more political trouble on the streets? >> reporter: i think most people when they heard the news in thailand that the military decided to take control didn't think oh good, that means stability. i think they thought gosh this is likely we're in for serious confrontation and trouble. almost everybody thinks the result we've seen today, the military taking full power going to lead to the red shirt
movement mobilizing trying t ii reassert their rights. we'll talk about mobilizing and returning to street demonstrations. look around me atptp presence. the military is determined to stop demonstrations. that could mean bloody conflict here. >> thank you jonah. we'll let you go now. let's go to china. 31 have been killed. two off road vehicles were driven into a crowded market d blown up. it happened where the open air market was taking place. it appears to be part of a campaign by weeger separatists against the chinese faith.
our correspondent in beijing has more on the government's reaction. >> he's calling for the investigation into the attack to be solved quickly. he's calling for attackers to be punished and calling for security to be tightened even further in the xinjiang region. this is quite important. this leads to a pattern that appears to be continuing over the past few years. we see some kind of violent incident between the weeger minority leaving in xinjiang many of whom are upset with the cultural and domination of chinese migrants moving in the area. we see a crack down that involves some sort of religious
investigation. we see another attack. unfortunately the attack today is the latest in the pattern. >> you mention it's been going on a few years. the president is asking for security to be tightened. it's not only a confrontational approach the government is taking with weegers, what else is it doing to quail the uprising? >> it has been using various methods to try to crack down on weegers. for example, it recently announced that several tens of thousands of chinese officials will be moving to villages across the region. you're right. it's not simply heavy handed security tactics. however, we are seeking security tightened over and over again. for example, china's top security chief is flying to xinjiang now to oversee the investigation. really the first response from the chinese government we saw today was to announce a
tightened security measures. a 25-year-old woman reported missing a decade ago told police she was drugged and taken from her home when she was 15. she's not been officially named. police have arrested this man. 41-year-old garcia on suspicion of kidnap, rape, false imprisonment. we report now from santa ana. >> neighbors knew the couple in the small flat as laura and thomas. nobody suspected their grim secret. it was just the latest town, latest identity in the ten years police say the girl, snatched as a teenager, had been kept against her will, forced to marry and bear a child. garcia is accused of kidnap, false imprisonment, rape and indecent acts against a child. ten years ago he lived here with his girlfriend and her
15-year-old child. police allege after beating his partner up, he drugged and kidnapped the girl. >> he changed her name. usually the middle name, date of birth so they can get married. there's a lot of things he had control of her life. >> then she walked into the police station to tell her story after connecting with her sister on facebook and realizing the family had not, as she believed, abandoned her. we're not identifying the woman who's now 25. this is a photograph with her baby taken by a neighbor, invited for her first birthday party. this was in church. garcia next to their baby, his wife on the far right. they were known in the neighborhood as a normal couple. >> she didn't seem someone under pressure, held against her will or anything. being also that you're almost 25, she should have had a sense of i can escape if i want to. i can leave. she's not kept on watch 24/7. it's a little weird to think she
didn't just leave. >> we had conversations. she always steps out. she goes back inside her house. he doesn't let her socialize. then in another way, they act like a normal couple. they kiss in front of people. it's just all very weird and crazy to me. >> what's strange is she clearly wasn't held captive in this top floor apartment. neighbors knew her and them as a couple even went to the house for parties. she contacted the sister on facebook, walked into the police station to tell her own story. clearly the man who held her had a real power and control over her for ten years. bbc news in california. >> we'll return to thailand in a moment. first we have breaking news out of south korea. in fact, a north korean ship is said to have fired into waters
nearby a warship. this is from an officer in south korea saying the north korean ship fired artillery towards the south korean navy ship engaged in a routine patrol mission. the news agency reported the south korean military had returned fire. this official couldn't confirm that particular aspect of the story. certainly a north korean ship firing into waters near a south korean warship. that's pretty much all we know. we will have more if there is more. let's go to breaking news. military coup in thailand. we have our agent here in the studio with me. it's undoubtedly a coup. army says it's taking control of the government. are you surprised? >> not really. when the army imposed martial
law two days ago it said it was doing it to secure the region so the rivals could come together in peace without worrying about demonstrators and come to a compromise so the country could return to normal rule. they haven't been able to come to conclusion. there's been turmoil, unrest throughout the period. it's unlikely in such a short period of time they were going to compromise and resolve differences. not many people would be surprised the army said after a couple of meetings between the organizations, the army said enough is enough. we're taking control of the government. >> do you think the army is going to be able to suppress the anger of the progovernment
demonstrators out in the streets? it's said the soldiers have fired in the air. is it going to turn more violent than it has? >> that's certainly a possibility. one of the first things the army announced it was doing after announcing it was over control of the government, it was sending troops to protest areas. there are two basic areas. one in bangkok where the antigovernment protestors are placed and one outside bangkok where the protestors are. the government, army said it was sending troops to break up protests camps. obviously it fears that large number of protestors gathered together could lead to some kind of violence. it's definitely a real possibility. >> isn't one of the biggest problems is the interest of the two sides in this political debate are just so polarized.
those interests are so entrenched on the two sides that an army coup isn't going to change that. >> the outlook looks bleak. for eight years, the two have been arguing. on one side there's a party which was in power until day. it's won in some form of elections in the last few years. it holds great support in the north and northeast of thailand. it's popular among people giving projects to lift lifestyles and give them more money. they're opposed by the elite in bangkok, people who have done better out of thailand's economic growth in decades. the issue between the two is so wide at the moment it's difficult to see them come together. it's difficult to see how the army can have impose some kind of political solution without the agreement of these two broad opposing sides.
>> okay. michael, thanks very much indeed for coming in. >> that is it for from us. we'll keep you up to date with this military coup in thailand which is a developing story. the announcement coming in the past half hour or so from the chief of thailand's army. for the moment, thanks for your company, bye bye.
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