A state of emergency has been declared in Thailand, as authorities crack down on protestors.
The declaration was made by Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, after about 10 000 demonstrators had surrounded Government House, the seat of the Thai government. The protestors were demanding limits on the power of the Thai King.
According to the Financial Times the protestors also taunted King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s wife, Queen Suthida, as she passed the protestors. This is unheard-of in a country where there are strict laws against insulting the King and Queen.
Nearly 30 people have been detained, including some of the protestors’ leaders. Under a Thai emergency law they can be detained for up to 30 days without charge.
Protests have been going on for months in Thailand, mainly around demands for restrictions on the King’s power.