Protesters storm Thai parliament
Thailand declared a state of emergency yesterday after red-shirt protesters stormed parliament and ministers had to be airlifted to safety.
MPs and officials were forced to use ladders to scale walls of the compound in Bangkok's old quarter after the mob broke down the gates and invaded the grounds.
Hundreds of protesters rushed to the second floor where Suthep Thaugsuban, the deputy prime minister, and other ministers were trapped. They were rescued by army helicopters.
In an attempt to contain the crisis, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva enacted emergency law in Bangkok and the surrounding areas.
It paved the way for the arrest of key leaders of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship and banned gatherings of more than five people.
Mr Vejjajiva said the anti-government protests, which have crippled the city for more than three weeks, could no longer be considered peaceful. (© Daily Telegraph, London)