Pro-democracy demonstrators have taken to Bangkok's streets daily since the Royal Thai Army took control of the country in a coup last Tuesday. But the protests have been small and mostly leaderless.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the city's Victory Monument. Scuffles broke out in which water bottles were hurled at soldiers and a green army Humvee was vandalised with large white letters reading, "NO COUP. GET OUT."

Thai Army soldiers protect themselves with shields as objects are thrown at them during a confrontation with anti-coup protesters at Victory Monument, Bangkok
Thai Army soldiers protect themselves with shields as objects are thrown at them during a confrontation with anti-coup protesters at Victory Monument, BangkokReuters
A protester throws a rubbish bin at soldiers during a scuffle at the Victory Monument, Bangkok
A protester throws a rubbish bin at soldiers during a scuffle at the Victory Monument, BangkokReuters
A policeman is knocked to the ground after being hit by a rock during a fight with demonstrators protesting against the Thai coup
A policeman is knocked to the ground after being hit by a rock during a fight with demonstrators protesting against the Thai coupReuters
A military policeman reacts after being struck by a bottle of water during anti-coup protests
A military policeman reacts after being struck by a bottle of water during anti-coup protestsReuters
An injured policeman is treated inside an ambulance after confronting anti-coup protesters
An injured policeman is treated inside an ambulance after confronting anti-coup protestersReuters
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Soldiers, hanging off a vehicle, leave the Victory Monument after a confrontation with anti-coup protestersReuters

Thailand's new junta has found a way of controlling its opponents and forcing them into silence: releasing them from custody only on condition they promise not to do anything provocative. Those who do face two years in jail.

It has also banned the spreading of information that could cause unrest, effectively banning criticism of the coup.

But the junta denied it attempted to block Facebook earlier today, saying that a technical glitch caused the social network to be temporarily unavailable. The hour-long block came a day after the new military government announced an crackdown on the Internet. It did not affect all users in Thailand, but it drew a flurry of attention online. 

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A man in Bangkok shows his smartphone displaying a "web page not available" message when it attempts to access FacebookReuters

The army's takeover, the second in eight years, deposed an elected government which had been insisting for months that the nation's fragile democracy was under attack from protesters, the courts and the army.

The army said it acted to restore order after seven months of protests triggered sporadic violence in which at least 28 people were killed and more than 800 injured in grenade attacks, gun fights and drive-by shootings.

Despite the latest political upheaval, life has continued largely as normal in most of the country, with tourists still relaxing at beach resorts and strolling through Buddhist temples in Bangkok and elsewhere.

A protester holds a sign in front of soldiers deployed to the Victory Monument
A protester holds a sign in front of soldiers deployed to the Victory MonumentReuters
A pro-democracy protester takes part in a gathering at Bangkoks Victory Monument
A pro-democracy protester takes part in a gathering at Bangkok's Victory MonumentAFP
Some demonstrators wore face masks with slogans written on them
Some demonstrators wore face masks with slogans written on themReuters
A man with his mouth taped holds signs during a protest against Thailands military coup
A man with his mouth taped holds signs during a protest against Thailand's military coupReuters
A protester wears a face mask that read
A protester wears a face mask that read "Thai people can't smile"Getty
Anti-coup protesters hold a banner that reads
Anti-coup protesters hold a banner that reads "Not licking dictatorship's boot" at the Victory MonumentAFP
A banner comparing the Thai Army chief - General Prayuth Chan-ocha - to Hitler at a protest in Bangkok
A banner comparing the Thai Army chief - General Prayuth Chan-ocha - to Hitler at a protest in BangkokGetty
People protest during an anti-coup rally at the Victory Monument in Bangkok
People protest during an anti-coup rally at the Victory Monument in BangkokAFP
Thai soldiers walk past anti-coup protesters during a planned gathering in Bangkok
Thai soldiers walk past anti-coup protesters during a planned gathering in BangkokAFP
Anti-coup protesters displays banners demanding the junta ends during a rally at the Victory Monument
Anti-coup protesters displays banners demanding the junta ends during a rally at the Victory MonumentAFP