Large gatherings banned under emergency decree in Thailand

By Amie T. Camara

Afrinity Production make known of Thailand’s issuing of an emergency decree banning protests as it clamps down on largely peaceful pro-democracy rallies that have also targeted the monarchy.

In a televised announcement the government said urgent measures were needed to “maintain peace and order”.

BBC said it justified the orders partly on the grounds of some protesters disturbing a royal motorcade during a mass march in Bangkok on Wednesday.

More than 20 people have been arrested including three protest leaders.

The emergency measures came into effect at 04:00 local time on Thursday (21:00 GMT on Wednesday).

Thailand’s student-led democracy movement has been calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The former army chief had seized power in a 2014 coup before he was appointed as premier after controversial elections last year. The protests have widened in recent months to call for curbs on the king’s powers.


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