More Than 20 Activists Arrested As Thailand Declares A State Of Emergency
The pro-democratic protesters are demanding for a reduction in the powers of the monarchy and the resignation of the Thai PM
A state of emergency has been imposed in Thailand following three months of incessant protests demanding for reforms in the country’s monarchical set up. Thousands of pro-democratic activists and followers have taken to the streets in Bangkok for the last few months.
According to the new emergency decree, there is a ban on the gathering of five or more people and punishment for anyone who publishes content or promotes online news that can jeopardize national security.
More than 20 people, including a few prominent activists have been arrested by the police for flouting emergency rules. The police reportedly warned the rallyists to not gather outside government establishments in the Thai capital, as they cleared the crowd from various spots in the city.
There has been major unrest in the country over the unaccounted and extreme powers held by the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The protesters are demanding for a new constitution to be written, a reduction in the powers of the king and the resignation of the pro-monarchy Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
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