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Thailand Coup: NBC News' Ian Williams on What Might Happen Next

NBC News' Bangkok-based correspondent Ian Williams weighs in on what might happen next in Thailand.

NBC News' Bangkok-based correspondent Ian Williams weighs in on what might happen next after Thailand's military announced it was seizing control of the country Thursday. The announcement follows a power struggle between anti-government "yellow shirts" and pro-government "red shirts" has which polarized the country and left dozens dead.

Here's Williams' spot analysis:

"The army hosted talks between the two sides today, trying to bang heads together. But that apparently got nowhere.

"The yellow shirt (anti-government) leaders appear to have been at arrested and there are reports that the army is sending vehicles to rival rally sites to take protesters home.

Image: Soldiers patrol in Bangkok on Thursday
Soldiers patrol in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday.PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP - Getty Images

"That may be easier said than done, especially if the (pro-government) red shirts believe the army is taking sides against them.

"There is clearly potential for a clash. The reds have said they will resist a coup, since the installation of an appointed prime minister is what the yellows have demanded.

"The apparent arrest of yellow shirt leaders maybe be a ruse to convince the reds the army really is being even-handed.

"The reds have enormous support in the north and northeast. And armed opposition is a possibility. But again it depends on how the army plays things."