Thai government announces emergency ordinance to quell protests

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The government of Thailand has issued an emergency ordinance on the night from Wednesday to Thursday (local time) in an effort to quell months-long anti-government protests in the Thai capital Bangkok.

Prime Minister gained power through military coup

The Thai government prohibits the gathering of five or more people with the emergency ordinance. The publication of news and online reporting that could endanger national security has also been banned and authorities have been allowed to prohibit people from entering locations designated by them.

The measures took effect on the night from Wednesday to Thursday at 4 a.m. (local time).

“There is an urgent need to take urgent measures to end this situation successfully and quickly in order to maintain peace and order,” the government said on state television.

In Thailand, demonstrations have been going on for three months. Demonstrators protest against the power of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who has become prime minister since 2014 after a military coup.

A crowd gathered outside his office in the Thai capital Bangkok on Wednesday to demand his resignation. A camp set up by the protesters outside the office has since been removed by the police. Several leaders of the protest movement have been arrested.

In total, tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday to protest, as well as demanding a new constitution and calling for less power for King Maha Vajiralongkorn. It is special that the Thai people are protesting against the power of the head of state, because criticism of the royal family in Thailand can lead to a 15-year prison sentence.

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