Thai government imposes state of emergency in Bangkok

by Reuters
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 11:14 GMT

BANGKOK, Jan 21 (Reuters) - The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces from Jan. 22 to help contain a protest movement that has blockaded parts of the capital to try to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

Visarn Techateerawat, the deputy interior minister, announced the emergency after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The emergency decree gives security agencies the power to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban political gatherings of more than five people and declare parts of the capital off-limits. (Reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Writing by Alan Raybould)

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