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Thailand declares state of emergency

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:10

Jan. 21 - A state of emergency in Bangkok after more than two months of protests aimed at removing Prime Minister Shinawatra from power. Gavino Garay reports.

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Protests in Thailand have plunged the country into a state of emergency. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces starting Wednesday It's a move to de-escalate more than two months of protests aimed at ousting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. But Thai protesters here aren't phased. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 48 YEAR-OLD ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTER, PANU KETPIBOON, SAYING: "We don't worry at all about it. We have been here for two months and there has been no violence." (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) BANGKOK OFFICE WORKER, ALISA, SAYING: "The protesters have not been violent; I don't know why they have imposed a state of emergency." Now, farmers are contemplating joining the protests -- a potentially worrying situation for the prime minister, who relies heavily on rural support. The Deputy Prime Minister made this announcement: (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND FOREIGN MINISTER SURAPONG TOVICHAKCHAIKUL SAYING: "Right now, some government offices have been closed. It was only the closure of the buildings, but government services are operating as usual." Security agencies can now impose curfews and detain suspects without charge under the emergency decree.

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Thailand declares state of emergency

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:10