Thailand`s military government has banned 155 people including politicians and activists from leaving the country after staging a coup following months of political turmoil, according to a statement read on television on Friday.
Thailand`s beleaguered Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has asked the powerful military to act as a mediator in pushing for a new dialogue with the anti-government protest movement which has vowed to "shut down" Bangkok from January 13.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra`s party is due on Saturday to kick off campaigning for controversial elections boycotted by the opposition and rejected by anti-government protesters preparing to "shut down" Bangkok.
India on Monday supported Thailand government`s move to hold fresh elections after facing protests for past several weeks, saying it favours all measures to uphold the rule of law and resolve political differences through democratic processes.
Protesters seeking to topple Thailand`s government stayed off the street on Friday after halting their demonstration the day before out of respect for the king on his birthday but clashes were reported overnight, one at the occupied Finance Ministry.
Thousands of Thai demonstrators marched on Wednesday towards a government office complex they planned to shut down as part of efforts to cripple the government and oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.