Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Emergency Decree - Bangkok

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PAD thugs at Makawan Bridge.

At 7 am, Tuesday September 2nd Prime Minister Samak declared a state of emergency under the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation.

This is the same unpopular law that is in place in the southern border provinces which grants more power to the police and military while restricting civil liberties and press freedom.

Bangkok is now grinding to a halt with schools and businesses closing.

Next is a massive strike by labor unions which threaten to cut the electricity, water, train, and some airlines.

It is hard to see the Samak government riding out this storm without either the government's complete collapse or a serious crackdown by security forces.

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