State of emergency declared in Bangkok

Bangkok was braced for another night of unrest tonight despite the declaration of a state of emergency after one man was shot dead and scores were injured in street battles between supporters and opponents of the Thai prime minister, Samak Sundaravej.

To add to the crisis, a government commission ruled that Mr Samak’s People Power Party should be dissolved because of election fraud perpetrated last year by one of its leaders. If the order is upheld it could lead to a general election, Thailand’s fourth in four years, and further exacerbate the acute atmosphere of confrontation.

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It is apparent that the Thai people do not like fraud from their elected officials, and are very clear in communicating their distaste for this kind of behavior.

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