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Unrest in Thailand, ASEAN summit cancelled
Posted on: 12-04-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

Meanwhile the government has declared a state of emergency in Pattaya, and PM Abhisit Vejjajiva said his priority was to ensure the leaders got home safely.

The red-shirted protesters, who were demanding the resignation of Thai Prime Abhisit Vejjajiva, smashed through the glass doors of the convention hall in Pattaya and ran through the building, overturning tables, blowing horns and waving Thai flags.

In this case I have used my authority to announce an extreme state of emergency in Pattaya and Chon Buri province. With that authority I have assigned Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thepsuban to direct the operations of the state of emergency."

The state of emergency decree gives the military the right to restore order, allows authorities to suspend civil liberties, bans public gatherings of more than five people and bars the media from reporting news that "causes panic."

The government has decided to postpone the ASEAN summit meeting. I have met with other ASEAN leaders and have told them my decision and they all understood the situation.

Meanwhile in Bangkok around a hundred protestors went to the Prime Minister's house, the latest in a series of targets in the capital.

The summit, which began Friday morning with a meeting of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, was supposed to swing into action on Saturday when ASEAN leaders were set to meet with counterparts from China, Japan, South Korea.

 
 

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