Thai Government Declares State of Emergency in Bangkok

Gives authorities power to impose curfews and detain suspects without charge as protests continue

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The Thai government announced a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas Tuesday, looking to restore order amid ongoing mass demonstrations but potentially exacerbating the showdown with protesters.

The state of emergency went into effect midnight (12pm EST) and is expected to last 60 days. It gives authorities the power to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, and close off parts of the capital, al-Jazeera reports.

The protesters, who first took to the streets in November, have besieged key intersections and government buildings, calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.

Yingluck said her government does not plan to confront protesters and will mainly use police to enforce the state of emergency and not the military, according to al-Jazeera.

The security situation surrounding the protests has deteriorated recently, with a spate of explosions killing one person and injuring dozens since Jan. 17.

[al-Jazeera]

4 comments
reporter
reporter

Japan is a wealthy Western democracy.  Although corruption does exist in Japan, opposition parties do not use the existence of corruption as an excuse to violently overthrow a democratically elected government.  Opposition parties do not pledge allegiance to the emperor and do not then use allegiance to the emperor as an excuse to violently overthrow a democratically elected government.  Furthermore, the military forces in Japan firmly support the elected government.  The military is subservient to civilian command.

If you are a soldier in the Thai army and if you want Thailand to become a wealthy Western democracy (which expresses compassion by, for example, giving nearly free medical care to the poor), then you must firmly support the government of Yingluck Shinawatra.  If the military stages a coup, then you must kill the coup leaders and the entire royal family.

 

reporter, USA, http://theclearsky.blogspot.com/

2teekub
2teekub

Thai government declares state of emergency

What do they want?
1.To scare rice farmer coming to join the protest in Bangkok.
2.to kill the rice corruption news by this news

asyanthings
asyanthings

you got that right musashi.  she is democratically elected PM, with the majority support in the country - though not the "social elite" class who consider themselves master of Thailand.  But where would they be if not for the "lower class" of the country who really build the country?  They don't to share the wealth with the farmers so they ousted her brother, who implemented agricultural reform, etc., to share the wealth with the majority of Thais, etc. 

musashi
musashi

The State of Emergency is long overdue.

The problem with Yingluck as prime minster is that she has been too soft and accommodating. Ever since she became PM, she was pictured in the press crawling on her knees and hands to pay respect to the royal family, she had to give a parcel of land at Ayuttaya to the filthy rich Bhumiphol to pay homage, she had to kowtow to the godfather Prem Tinsulanonda, and she tried to bridge the divide by trying to be nice to the oligarchs. 

Yingluck has not been paying attention to history. For if she had, she would have known that the royal family is ruthless in their pursuit of power and wealth. All popularly elected governments in the past has been removed to be replaced by royally appointed puppets.

It is time to get firm with the royalists in a language they can understand.

If the REDs believe in democracy, they have to defend it. They have to insist on elections. They need to converge in Bangkok, and uproot the CORRUPTED MONARCHY once and for all.