Thailand government extended state of emergency

On July 6, 2010, the Thai government extended a state of emergency in Bangkok and 18 other provinces because of continuing unrest and violence. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had declared the state of emergency in April 2010 after protesters broke into parliament. The state of emergency banned public gatherings, instituted curfews, permitted media censorship and allowed for the detention of prisoners without legal counsel for 30 days. The protesters, known as red shirts, were supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was removed in a 2006 coup. Before being deposed, Shinawatra declared a similar state of emergency in the face of mounting rumors and threats. In August 2010, opposition leaders plead not guilty to terrorism charges, and the state of emergency was lifted in many parts of the country.


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