Tuesday 19 September 2017

Thai government imposes state of emergency in Bangkok

Anti-government demonstrators kiss a soldier after Thai security personnel stationed in the Government house agreed to leave following discussions between the army and protesters, in Bangkok
Anti-government demonstrators kiss a soldier after Thai security personnel stationed in the Government house agreed to leave following discussions between the army and protesters, in Bangkok
Thai anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban is guarded as he and other demonstrators march during a rally in Bangkok (AP)
Anti-government protesters help a fellow protester injured in a grenade attack in Bangkok
Thai anti-government protesters pack a street during a rally

The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces from Jan. 22 to help contain a protest movement that has blockaded parts of the capital to try to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

Visarn Techateerawat, the deputy interior minister, announced the emergency after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The emergency decree gives security agencies the power to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban political gatherings of more than five people and declare parts of the capital off-limits.

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