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Thailand declares state of emergency

on January 21, 2014 10:00 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s government today declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas to cope with protests that have stirred up violent attacks.

Labor Minister Chalerm Yubumrung announced that the measure will take effect Wednesday and continue for 60 days.

The emergency decree greatly expands the power of security forces to issue orders and search, arrest and detain people, with limited judicial and parliamentary oversight.

The state of emergency follows increasing attacks at protest sites for which the government and the protesters blame each other.

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