Thailand Announces Emergency Decree to Quell Pro-Democracy Protests

10/15/2020

Thailand's government arrested several prominent protest leaders and announced a ban on gatherings of more than five people under an emergency decree Thursday aimed at quelling pro-democracy demonstrations that have gripped the country for more than three months.

The decree, which came into effect in the capital Bangkok at 4 a.m. local time, was enforced after thousands of protesters marched from the city's Democracy Monument and broke through a police barricade to camp outside Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's offices late Wednesday. Demonstrators were calling for Prayut's resignation and reform of the monarchy. In addition to limiting groups to five people, the decree includes a nationwide ban on publishing and broadcasting news and information that can incite fear within the public.

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