Thailand’s army declared martial law early Tuesday after six months of sometimes violent political unrest left nearly 30 people dead. The military denied it has staged a coup d’état, but placed the army in charge of security nationwide.

This, of course, is an opportune time for residents and tourists to get their picture taken with the Thai Army.

Residents stop to take a photograph of themselves at a military checkpoint in central Bangkok. (Kiko Rosario/AP)

Passersby pose for a photo with Thai army soldiers standing guard after martial law was declared in Bangkok. (Rufus Cox/Getty Images)

Passersby photograph soldiers standing guard on May 20 in Bangkok. (Photo by Rufus Cox/Getty Images)

A foreign tourist poses for a photo as Thai army soldiers stand guard. (Rufus Cox/Getty Images)

Passersby pose for pictures as Thai army soldiers sit in a jeep mounted with a machine gun in Bangkok. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman poses with soldiers standing near a jeep mounted with a machine gun as they secure an area in front of the Royal Thai police headquarters in Bangkok. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)

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