Emergency decree invoked in Bangkok

The caretaker government has decided to invoke emergency law in Bangkok for two months to control ongoing political protests.

The enforcement of the emergency decree will cover all of Bangkok and part of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan provinces from Wednesday, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Tuesday.

Mr Surapong said the enforcement of the law is necessary to allow the authorities to control the anti-government protest situation and help ensure democratic elections.

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Discussion 1 : 22/01/2014 at 12:24 PM
mmm...I thought it's the other way round that the bombing is staged so that the protesters can further do more harm to the country with the pity of other Thai people? Who should we believe?
Discussion 2 : 22/01/2014 at 10:34 AM
What rights? I am a foreigner here, working in the Kingdom for 7 yrs.
Discussion 3 : 22/01/2014 at 09:51 AM
Today caretaker Finance Minister Kittirat decided that the EC's decision not to allow the PTP to borrow 130 billion baht to pay the rice farmers didn't really apply to them so they will go ahead and borrow it anyway. This groups flagrant disregard for the rule of law is unbelievable. Even when, or if, these protests end the PTP has no credibility left with the outside world. Economic indicators are in the toilet and default is looming. Even if they win the election the EC cannot approve it as the 95% rule will not be met. No end in sight!!!
Discussion 4 : 22/01/2014 at 08:48 AM
I for one will not leave, this is an unfortunate event but one Thailand seems destined to repeat every few years. Since nothing was learned from previous uprisings I expect it will happen again and again until something changes. This doesn't mean it is time to leave, go about your life and enjoy the rest of Thailand.
Discussion 5 : 22/01/2014 at 03:19 AM
because at that time they don't have to worry about the rice farmer, I think this emergency degree is to keep the farmer out of Bangkok. Is it possible to make an election under emergency degree? Political gatherings more then 5 people is an election!
Discussion 6 : 22/01/2014 at 12:22 AM
This government refused to accept the Constitution Court verdicts, therefore they are illegitimate. The protesters have been the victims of this tricky government who has been so keen to invoke emergency law for sometimes. PDRC is right to keep the plan of civil disobedience.
Discussion 7 : 22/01/2014 at 12:14 AM
Robert Mugabe is also elected! Yes enough is enough let show this government that imposed emergency degree without song reason do not help them to stay in power.
Discussion 8 : 21/01/2014 at 10:41 PM
The "Dubai dictator"? Good grief what irrational planet do you live on?
Discussion 9 : 21/01/2014 at 09:24 PM
well, dikyydoo. Bewildered is partially correct. With the exception of a very few posters, the pro-PTP/UDD posters here were a decidely unintellectual lot with barely coherent English skills. Those posters still remain, but have been joined by some with better English skills, but only slightly improved intellects.
Discussion 10 : 21/01/2014 at 09:16 PM
As Defence Minister the military is already under her control. Her restraint, up to now, has been the issue of charging AV and ST with murder after the 2010 riots. Any force directed by the PM would, or should, result in similar charges against the sitting government. By disarming the Police and Military and blaming the "Third Hand" she has made sure none of this washes off on her, or the PTP. Now she can say the PDRC forced her hand and this is being done to limit further violence. It's all smoke and mirrors!
Discussion 11 : 21/01/2014 at 09:02 PM
What it means is a suspension of most of your rights. The decree, which covers Bangkok and surrounding provinces, allows security agencies to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media, ban political gatherings of more than five people and declare areas off-limits. Welcome to the new Thailand!
Discussion 12 : 21/01/2014 at 09:01 PM
To Surapong and the Dubai cronies….you can install a million emergency decrees…you will NOT beat us…On the contrary!!
Discussion 13 : 21/01/2014 at 08:52 PM
Who now has benefitted the most from the recent bombings? It seems pretty clear to me, and why such deadly grenades did not directly kill more people, that they had the potential of doing if expertly thrown a few meters differently. The bombings gave her the excuse to impose the emergency decree, and the right to censor all the negative media before the election. This seems to me as a last ditch effort to get the military under the biased control of the PM, something she has been trying to do since these peaceful demonstrations started, but has continually failed to get them to take sides. Now she can allegedly force them to be on her side.
Discussion 14 : 21/01/2014 at 08:30 PM
Maybe she should have showed some leadership by announcing it herself?
Discussion 15 : 21/01/2014 at 08:22 PM
That sort of comment just goes to show the trouble with Thailand today. And I do Not support either party.
Discussion 16 : 21/01/2014 at 08:20 PM
I love Thailand but it's time to leave... With the introduction of the emergency decree, my guess is most farang will leave your country asap. Congratulations...
Discussion 17 : 21/01/2014 at 08:15 PM
Now does that mean they can finally use force against the protesters, yeah tired of taking BTS.
Discussion 18 : 21/01/2014 at 08:11 PM
The police who are under Thaksins thumb did nothing. What makes Surapong think that the army will obey the Dubai dictator any better?
Discussion 19 : 21/01/2014 at 08:02 PM
The emergency situation starts tomorrow, is that what they’re saying?
Discussion 20 : 21/01/2014 at 08:02 PM
This means that the police can arrest people without warrant and hold them without charges. The authorities may prohibit crowds, curfew at certain times, censor the media and ban political gatherings of more than five people.
Discussion 21 : 21/01/2014 at 08:01 PM
Ah - the new wave of 'ghost' PR posters will be instructed to be all over this thread. Just take a look at the post count for those giving the one-line pro-government rhetoric. Before the protests, most red-shirts here could hardly string a sentence together in English. Now all the newbies are similarly fluent. Not one real argument from a single one of them.
Discussion 22 : 21/01/2014 at 07:56 PM
This won't stop the protests just make them more determined, the more this sorry rabble of a government try and do, the less it will achieve, you got Surapong and Chalerm in charge Thaksins best buddies
Discussion 23 : 21/01/2014 at 07:56 PM
With this emergency decree, the government can order the army to perform their duties to maintain law and order.
Discussion 24 : 21/01/2014 at 07:44 PM
What exactly does it mean when Emergency Law is declared? Is there a curfew? Does everyone need to have permission to travel within the areas declared? A little more information would be helpful, especially to those not familiar with emergency law.
Discussion 25 : 21/01/2014 at 07:35 PM
Just a way to control the protesters. And some people wonder why they are protesting. The only ones that are violent are the UDD and the men in black sent by TS.
Discussion 26 : 21/01/2014 at 07:24 PM
Its long overdue to finally put an end to a group under the guise of democracy and freedom of expression , have flaunted every law i can think of, all to bring down an elected government, thru illegitimate tactics of closing ministries and cutting their utilities and holding Bangkok hostage. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND ITS TIME TO BRING ORDER ACROSS THAILAND. If they want to vote YL out feel free to cast your ballot , otherwise stay away let people vote.
Discussion 27 : 21/01/2014 at 07:23 PM
I am surprised it took this long.
Discussion 28 : 21/01/2014 at 07:22 PM
Excellent news, for the right reasons "to control the anti-government protest situation and help ensure democratic elections".
Discussion 29 : 21/01/2014 at 07:16 PM
The emergency law had been a long time coming let us hope it is enacted in the delicateanner that the government has used up to this point in time
Discussion 30 : 21/01/2014 at 07:16 PM
So the government is telling us that they can’t control the situation anymore, correct. I didn’t even notice that they tried to control the situation, did they try? And are now all the soldiers coming out of the barracks to do the work which the police is unable to do? Did the police even try? It’s time for Yingluck to give up. The situation won’t improve as long as she is PM.
Discussion 31 : 21/01/2014 at 07:09 PM
Thaksin have played his card well. But this will escalate the violence, a lot! We will see bloods on the street, but the man in Dubai don´t care as long as he can rule the country. And have the possibility to get his money back.
Discussion 32 : 21/01/2014 at 07:07 PM
At last!
Discussion 33 : 21/01/2014 at 07:05 PM
About time! Now, Ukraine their asses.,
Discussion 34 : 21/01/2014 at 07:05 PM
thanks alot peace will prevail hope it will get better soon please start now peace process talk with opp,
Discussion 35 : 21/01/2014 at 07:04 PM
I can't help but wonder, if the Red Shirts are causing the violence with the goal that the emergency decree can be invoked as it has been.
Discussion 36 : 21/01/2014 at 07:03 PM
Elections under a SoE... five words: FUBAR
Discussion 37 : 21/01/2014 at 07:03 PM
Excellent , show your leadership Madame PM..I salute u. I feel sorry for u for all u the crap and nonsense you have to endure. All your opponents are fighting very dirty against you and you have acted with dignity.
Discussion 38 : 21/01/2014 at 07:02 PM
Wrong Move. But then again when has PT made a Right Move?
Discussion 39 : 21/01/2014 at 07:01 PM
so what does it involve exactly? Is it a curfew or what? Advise please
Discussion 40 : 21/01/2014 at 07:01 PM
goodbye high season travel insurance will be invoked for Thailand,,,ridicules and obviously over reaction
Discussion 41 : 21/01/2014 at 06:58 PM
The BP seems to be at least an half hour behind other new sources. This information be online for over 45 minutes now.

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