Thailand’s government announces emergency decree to address street protesters

In a move to address street protesters in Bangkok, the government of Thailand announced an emergency decree early on October 15. The move imposes a ban on unauthorised gathering of more than five people.

Technically, the country is still under a state of emergency as part of Coronavirus restrictions but the recent protests come as protestors call for the ousting of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, and for a new constitution.

The police operation came following the announcement of a severe state of emergency in the Bangkok area by Prayuth to allow authorities to move against the protests.

The protestors have set up camp outside the prime minister’s office and blocked a royal motorcade. They have also called for bringing in reforms to the monarchy of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

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