Thailand Imposes State of Emergency in Bangkok to Stop Protests

By Kyodo News 15 October 2020

BANGKOK—The Thai government imposed a state of emergency in the capital Bangkok early Thursday to rein in protests around Government House, while arresting leaders of the disruptive protest the previous night.

In announcing the measure, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the protest was illegal and affected efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus, making it necessary to declare a “severe” emergency before anything serious occurs.

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