State of Emergency Declared in Bangkok

Army steps in after clashes kill protester, injure dozes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2008 2:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – A state of emergency has been declared in Bangkok after clashes between rival groups of protesters left one dead and dozens injured, the BBC reports. Pro- and-anti-government groups battled each other with sticks, clubs and pipes after administration supporters smashed through police lines near a complex occupied for a week by protesters. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots.

Thailand's embattled prime minister has placed a military commander in charge of enforcing the emergency decree. Gatherings of more than five people are now banned and the general has the power to detain and remove people from any location. Protesters trying to bring down the government have vowed to fight on. "There are not enough jails" for all of us, the head of the People's Alliance for Democracy told thousands of supporters.