State of emergency announced in Bangkok

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The Bangkok shutdown party gets rougher – state of emergency declared

The Thai caretaker cabinet on January 21 announced the state of emergency for Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces, which will come into effect on January 22 and last 60 days. The state of emergency was announced on TV by caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung.

Chalerm said the government had to invoke the emergency decree to announce the state of emergency because the protests by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) had turned violent. He said the demonstrations were not peaceful as PDRC leaders said.

National Security Council Secretary-General Paradorn Pattanatabut said the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order would be changed to the Peacekeeping Center and would be chaired by the police commissioner-general, Paradorn said.

Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul told a press conference that he had been assigned by the cabinet to supervise the Royal Thai Police.

Issara Somchai, a PDRC leader, said the PDRC would continue its simultaneous rallies in Bangkok despite the state of emergency.

“The emergency decree cannot overrule the people’s constitutional rights,” Issara said, adding the protests had so far caused no damage that warranted the state of emergency.

The decree gives additional power to security forces. They can impose curfews, arrest persons on suspicion, censor the media, ban gatherings of more than 5 people and declare parts of the city exclusion zones.

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The Bangkok shutdown party gets rougher – state of emergency declared

The Thai caretaker cabinet on January 21 announced the state of emergency for Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces, which will come into effect on January 22 and last 60 days. The state of emergency was announced on TV by caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung.

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The Bangkok shutdown party gets rougher – state of emergency declared

The Thai caretaker cabinet on January 21 announced the state of emergency for Bangkok and some parts of nearby provinces, which will come into effect on January 22 and last 60 days. The state of emergency was announced on TV by caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung.

Chalerm said the government had to invoke the emergency decree to announce the state of emergency because the protests by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) had turned violent. He said the demonstrations were not peaceful as PDRC leaders said.

National Security Council Secretary-General Paradorn Pattanatabut said the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order would be changed to the Peacekeeping Center and would be chaired by the police commissioner-general, Paradorn said.

Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul told a press conference that he had been assigned by the cabinet to supervise the Royal Thai Police.

Issara Somchai, a PDRC leader, said the PDRC would continue its simultaneous rallies in Bangkok despite the state of emergency.

“The emergency decree cannot overrule the people’s constitutional rights,” Issara said, adding the protests had so far caused no damage that warranted the state of emergency.

The decree gives additional power to security forces. They can impose curfews, arrest persons on suspicion, censor the media, ban gatherings of more than 5 people and declare parts of the city exclusion zones.

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