23 January 2014 18:15 | By MSN News
Protestors defy state of emergency in Bangkok

The Thai government declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok on Tuesday, but anti-government protestors are defiant and continuing their protests



The Thai government declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok on Tuesday, but anti-government protestors are defiant and continuing their protests (© Getty Images)
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The Thai government on Tuesday declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces. This will allow authorities to impose curfews, ban public gatherings of more than five people, detain suspects for 30 days without charge and censor media operating in the capital.

The decree came after a self-styled "shutdown" of Bangkok by anti-government protesters was rocked by several bouts of deadly violence last week. Dozens of people were wounded and one killed in grenade attacks by unknown assailants on opposition rallies last Friday and Sunday.

The latest incident took place on Wednesday, when local radio host Kwanchai Praipana, one of the main figures behind the Red Shirts' mass rallies in 2010 in Bangkok that ended in a bloody military crackdown, was shot in the shoulder and knee by an unidentified man, according to police.

While the government has yet to implement the broad sweeping security controls as governed by the decree, demonstrators vowed to continue their protests as usual.

"(The emergency rule) shows that the government is getting desperate because the momentum is with us," rally spokesman Akanat Promphan told reporters.

Above, a police officer in riot guard standby in the grounds of the Royal Thai Police Headquarters as anti-government protesters gather outisde on the first day of a government declared state of emergency on January 22, 2014.

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