Army Chief Gen Prayuth said before noon the imposition of martial followed ongoing violence waged by armed groups using war weapon against innocent people, and also strong indication of bloody riot due to continual instigation of unrest in the country.
He made clear that the imposition of martial law is intended to bring peace and order in the country as soon as possible and urged all rival groups to halt their movement instantly.
He assured the imposition of martial law is not a military coup while comforting the public that the people should not panic as they can still lead their normal life, and can go to work as usual.
He expressed hope to bring the country back to normal and restore peace and order as soon as possible.
Meanwhile redshirt leader Jatuporn Phrompan said the imposition of martial was not a coup and therefore the people still have the right to voice their views and hold demonstrations within their places.
He said redshirt people would monitor the situation closely to see if there would be attempt to nominate an interim prime minister under Article 7 or not.
He said redshirts would protest if such attempt was renewed as it was against the Constitution.
All redshirt TV stations and anti government TV stations are now seized by troops.
In commercial areas, pedestrians were also seen expressing their support and giving flowers to troops for their action.