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Thai protests continue despite state of emergency






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Protests are taking place in Thailand, despite a state of emergency. Police arrested dozens of pro-democracy demonstrators. Many of the protestors are students. Different kinds of people are joining them. They want a new constitution under a more democratic system. They also want the dissolution of parliament, the resignation of the Prime Minister, and an end to "the intimidation of government critics".

The government said the protests have affected its stability, safety, property and staff. It said they were, "no longer a peaceful assembly," and threatened national security. The government banned gatherings of more than five people and any online messages that could "harm national security". Police arrested 22 people for public disorder offences. Video of a woman being put into a police car went viral on social media.

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