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Thailand bans public gatherings after protests escalate

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Thailand on Thursday banned protests and police arrested at the least three protest leaders, within the face of escalating demonstrations concentrating on King Maha Vajiralongkorn in addition to prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
“It is extremely necessary to introduce an urgent measure to end this situation effectively and promptly to maintain peace and order”, Prayuth mentioned. The decree additionally bans the publication of “sensitive news” and provides police and troopers authority to resolve the “emergency situation”.
The anti-government protests started in July. Demonstrators are demanding Prayuth, who took energy in a 2014 navy coup, to resign. They additionally need reforms to the monarchy.
On Wednesday, hundreds of individuals marched to the Government House to demand the resignation Prayuth. Police mentioned they’d arrested over 20 activists together with protest leaders Anon Nampa and Parit Chiwarak.
Anyone criticising the monarchy in Thailand faces between 1.5 to 15 years in jail.

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