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Thailand imposes ’emergency’ amid protests, leaders detained

2020-10-15 09:13:43       source:The Aljazeera

October 15, 2020

Thailand’s government has imposed a state of emergency in a bid to end three months of student-led street protests calling for reforms to the monarchy and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, arresting two of the movement’s leaders early on Thursday.

The ruling bans gatherings of five or more people and the publication of news or online messages that could harm national security.

Protests have escalated for three months and protesters set up camp outside Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s offices in the capital Bangkok to demand his resignation late on Wednesday. The government said it also acted after demonstrators obstructed a royal motorcade.

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