Thai government imposes 60-day state of emergency

Tuesday 21 January 2014 20.30
The emergency decree gives security agencies the power to impose curfews and detain suspects without charge
The emergency decree gives security agencies the power to impose curfews and detain suspects without charge

The government in Thailand has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces from tomorrow.

The move is designed to help contain a protest movement that has blockaded parts of the capital to try to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

Visarn Techateerawat, the deputy interior minister, announced the emergency after a cabinet meeting today.

The emergency decree gives security agencies the power to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban political gatherings of more than five people and declare parts of the capital off-limits.

A government spokesperson said there were no plans to disperse Bangkok protestors.