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State of emergency declared, protest dispersed before sunrise

Around 04.40, police in riot gear have retaken the protest ground at Government house. Anon Nampa, Prasit Karutarote, Parit Chiwarak, Panupong Jadnok are arrested. Military trucks full of soldiers can be seen entering the government house. As of 05.48 there are at least 7 people reportedly being arrested. On 15 October, Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha, PM declared another very critical state of emergency in Bangkok domain. The state of emergency would be enforced on 04.00 The emergency decree states that as many people have mobilized the unlawful public gathering in Bangkok, causing many methods to cause unrest that affect public order and royal procession. Thus, it is proved that the protest is an act affecting the state security, safety of public and private assets and lives and not the peaceful gathering provided by the Thai constitution. Gen Prawit Wongsuwan is designated in overseeing the state of emergency related affair. 06.22 Protesters can be seen assisting each other to find shelter to rest. Those who stay overnight are from other provinces. 06.02 Riot control polices still keep pushing the protesters out of the original protest ground. 16.00 is the time for appointment at Ratchaprasong. Many protesters invited each other to be there. It is worth noting that the crackdown takes place before sunrise. This is deemed not meeting the universal standard as it increases the risk on both protesters and authorities' side. 05.38 Protesters are being forced to leave the protest ground. Many cars are honking and people are shouting at the police officers who are in riot gear. 01.00 Protest leader Anon Nampa announced that the protest at Government House will disperse in the morning in order to move to the Ratchaprasong Intersection at 16.00 due to security concerns, as the current location of the protest is surrounded by government agency offices. He told the protesters to stay in place and to not react if government forces decide to break up the protest, and to let the leaders be arrested to see if the government will dare to use force against peaceful protesters. He also noted that by law, government officials can only break up a protest during the day, and they must have a warrant. 00.30 A unit of shield-carrying border patrol police has been seen near Wang Daeng Intersection and seem to be moving towards Misakawan Intersection, close to the protest area by Government House. 08.10 There have been reports that Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul and Nutchanon Pairoj, two leading members of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, have been arrested. Cr.Prachathai #ThailandProtest #mindsth #thailand #Politicsth #whatshappeninginthailand

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