Thailand calls state of emergency

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 September 2006, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK

Thailand calls state of emergency

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has declared a
state of emergency in Bangkok amid rumours of a state coup.

“I declare Bangkok under a severe state of emergency,” he said on television. He is currently at the UN in New York.

The measure came after tanks took up position around the Thai government headquarters in Bangkok, where they blocked traffic.

An army-owned TV station is showing images of the royal family and songs linked in the past with military coups.

Mr Thaksin announced he had removed the chief of the army, Thai television reported.

The prime minister ordered troops not to “move illegally”, Reuters quoted him as saying in a voice broadcast on Thai television .
Rumors of coup attempt in Thailand
POSTED: 1544 GMT (2344 HKT), September 19, 2006

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) — Tanks have been seen rolling through the streets of Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday amid rumors of an attempted coup, witnesses tell CNN.

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is currently at the U.N. headquarters in New York, has been under considerable pressure to step down.

Elections are scheduled for November after Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled April’s vote was unconstitutional.

Thaksin had called for the elections in April, three years early, after opponents accused the billionaire leader of abusing the country’s system of checks and balances and bending government policy to benefit his family’s business.

1 Comment so far

  1. Charles Edward Frith (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 6:37 am

    What? The troops with yellow ribbons tied to their epaulets?

    Long live the king.

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