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State of Emergency Declared in Thailand

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/12/thailand.protests/index.html
BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced a state of emergency Sunday in the capital city, Bangkok, and surrounding areas in an attempt to contain days of intensifying anti-government protests. Immediately after the prime minister’s announcement, dozens of protesters stormed the country’s interior ministry and pelted Abhisit’s car with rocks as he escaped. The emergency measure will allow officials to arrest and detain protesters without a court order and restrict gatherings, authorities said. Also Sunday, police arrested a leader of the “red shirt” movement — named for the color of their demonstrators’ attire. The leader, Arismun Pongruengrong, was charged with inciting people to break the law, police said.thaiprotestsafpgi

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April 12, 2009 - Posted by | Liberty 2.0

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