60-day state of emergency has been imposed in Bangkok by the Thai government on 21 January 2014. The emergency has been imposed in the province to suppress the anti-government protest that has blocked the parts of the capital and to take care of the situation and to enforce the law. The emergency decree bans public gatherings, censor the news reports and imposition of curfew for next 60 days. The emergency measure came into effect from 22 January 2014.
Emergency was announced by the Deputy Interior Minister, Visarn Techateerawat after a cabinet meeting. The government has also said that it has no plan to disperse the protest movement that is led by the opposition Suthep Thaugsban.
Following the emergency, a leader of pro-government leader of red-shirt group has been shot. The incident came as the protesters continued to block parts of Bangkok with the demand of resignation of the Prime Minister. The emergency decree had given a wide ranging power to the government, including control of crowds and censor media.
To suppress the unrest of the country, the Prime Minister has already called-in for elections on 2 February 2014. To issue a ruling on how and whether the ballot can be delayed the Election Commission is expected to request the constitutional court.
Bangkok is witnessing anti-government protests with the demand to force Yingluck Shinawatra, the Prime Minister of Thailand to step down. The protests of the country started in November 2014. The protesters claim that Yingluk Shinawatra government is influenced by her brother Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin was the prime minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006 and was ousted by a military coup in 2006. He exiled himself in 2008 to avoid the two-year prison sentence.
With this emergency the Thai government hopes that the restrictions and curfews will help it in quelling the street demonstrations and also restore calm. Whereas, before this protests of people, the country has also witnessed demonstrations in 2010 which was named as the Red Shirt riots in Bangkok. The Red Shirts riots occurred in Bangkok from March to May 2010 against the government led by the Democrat party that demanded the then prime minister Abhisit Vejjaajiva to dissolve the parliament and hold elections at the earliest. During the Red Shirt protest the protesters also fought the military forces. The riots came to an end after the surrender of the leaders of Red Shirt opposition after six day long violent clashes.
Result of the anti-government protest: The political unrest of the country has led the Thai government to issue an advisory for the tourists asking them to be vigilant and try to avoid the sites of protest. Following the recent unrest in Thailand the Indian tourists had cancelled their plans of trips to the country.
Who: Thailand Government
When: 21 January 2014