Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the military coup in Thailand: 

“Persistent military intervention in Thailand’s politics has only weakened its democratic institutions.  Today’s coup will only perpetuate the deep political divisions that have gripped Thailand for almost a decade.  I call on the Thai military to avoid violence, exercise restraint, and put in place a plan to return to democratic rule as quickly as possible.”