Friday 19 January 2018

Thai emergency law used on protests

An anti-government protester in front of the Constitutional Court in Bangkok (AP)
An anti-government protester in front of the Constitutional Court in Bangkok (AP)

Thailand has imposed emergency law in large parts of Bangkok and surrounding areas to cope with escalating protests against the government.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced the action after demonstrators seeking to remove her from office occupied parts of the finance and foreign ministries.

The Internal Security Act authorises officials to seal off roads, take action against security threats, impose curfews and ban the use of electronic devices in designated areas. Peaceful rallies are allowed under the law.

-AP

Press Association

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