Bangkok Declares a State of Emergency

The Thai Government has declared a state of emergency for Bangkok amid anti-government protests. The declaration will go into effect from tomorrow and will last 60 days. Since demonstrations began against the government in November, at least 9 people have died and more than 450 have been injured.

The emergency decree will allow authorities to impose curfews, detain suspects without court permission, censor media and declare parts of the capital off-limits. Having attempted to resolve the crisis already, Prime Minister Yingluck dissolved parliament last month and called for new elections to be held on 2nd February, but this move has done very little to appease protestors.

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