The Thai government has declared an emergency decree amid continuing anti-government protests in the country, state TV reported on early Thursday.
#Thailand #Bangkok under "Severe #StateofEmergency". Protesters all cleared out from infront of government house where they were staying overnight since yesterday. Police out in full riot gear to arrest anyone still milling around unauthorised. #ม๊อบ14ตุลา pic.twitter.com/dyZURWW0qF— May Wong (@MayWongCNA) October 14, 2020
The announcement said that citizens have recently incited "illegal public assemblies" and confronted law enforcement in the Thai capital, so the government felt the need to introduce urgent measures to establish law and order in the country.
On Wednesday, thousands of protesters confronted the royal motorcade and called for the ousting of Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Protesters have also demanded a new constitution and changes to the monarchy.
Clashes were also reported between anti-government protesters and those who took to streets in support of the Thai monarchy.