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Thai govt declares state of emergency

Decree will come into force today; it is meant to prevent escalation of over two months of protests

[BANGKOK] The Thai government yesterday declared a 60-day state of emergency to start today, saying it wanted to prevent any escalation of more than two months of protests aimed at forcing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from power.

The decree, which covers Bangkok and surrounding provinces, allows security agencies to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban political gatherings of more than five people and declare areas off-limits.

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