State of emergency in Bangkok

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Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has today declared a state of emergency in Bangkok following nearly a month of protests, including a siege by opposition activists of the city’s main shopping district.

In a nationally televised address, Mr Abhisit said a state of emergency would help authorities arrest leaders of the red-shirted, anti-government protest movement that has drawn tens of thousands to Bangkok demanding new elections.

Full story: State of emergency in Bangkok – The Irish Times