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article imageThai government declares state of emergency amid protests

By Andrew Moran     Apr 7, 2010 in World
Bangkok - The Thai Prime Minister has declared a state of emergency over the continuing opposition protests and anti-government demonstrators who stormed the Parliament.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Abhist Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency for Thailand over the continuing protests by the opposition, according to Ria Novosti. The declaration by the Prime Minister will give police and military forces more power to contain the situation.
The Telegraph notes that the state of emergency would allow the arrest of leaders of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorships. The decree would also ban gatherings of more than five people.
Since 2008, a state of emergency has been declared four times due to political turmoil.
Thailand’s Parliament had been suspended after anti-government protesters stormed the building, which forced Members of Parliament to evacuate the building, while some senior officials were taken away by military helicopters, reports Al Jazeera. Other MPs had climbed the walls at the back of the compound.
The “red shirts” disregarded the government’s orders of declaring the area off-limits but that didn’t stop the demonstrators. They did leave the building shortly after opposition MPs plead with them to leave Parliament.
“We will take it to the next level. We can't say what we will do … we won't give the government chance to prepare,” said Nattawut Saikua, a leader of the UFDAD
On Tuesday, at the central Bangkok headquarters of the Democrat Party, two policemen were injured after a grenade attack between the demonstrators and security forces.
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