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Thai army to hold ex-PM, Cabinet, protest leaders for up to week to give them time 'to think'

Thai soldiers stand guarding an overpass to prevent activists and pro-government protesters from gathering to protest against the coup in downtown Bangkok, Thailand Friday, May 23, 2014. Ousted members of Thailand's former government turned themselves in to the country's new military junta Friday, as soldiers forcefully dispersed hundreds of anti-coup activists who defied a ban on large-scale gatherings to protest the army's seizure of power. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

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Thai soldiers stand guarding an overpass to prevent activists and pro-government protesters from gathering to protest against the coup in downtown Bangkok, Thailand Friday, May 23, 2014. Ousted members of Thailand's former government turned themselves in to the country's new military junta Friday, as soldiers forcefully dispersed hundreds of anti-coup activists who defied a ban on large-scale gatherings to protest the army's seizure of power. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

BANGKOK - A spokesman for Thailand's coup leaders says the army will detain former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders for up to a week to give them "time to think."

Deputy army spokesman Col. Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said Saturday that Yingluck and dozens of other political figures have had their phones confiscated. He would not reveal their location.

The move appears aimed at preventing any political leaders from contacting supporters to rally them against the coup.

The military seized power on Thursday after two days of peace talks in which neither political faction would agree to step aside. The junta says it acted to prevent more turmoil after months of sometimes violent street protests and deadlock between the elected government and protesters supported by Thailand's elite establishment.

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