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Thai Govt vows to disperse protesters, arrest leaders

world Updated: Apr 07, 2010 17:59 IST
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Thai authorities vowed on Wednesday to break up mass anti-government protests in Bangkok and arrest the leaders of the red-shirted rallies after emergency rule was declared in the capital.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced a state of emergency on Wednesday, banning public gatherings of more than five people and giving broad powers to the police and military, after protesters stormed parliament.

The government will disperse demonstrators in the city's commercial heartland, arrest protest leaders and search their homes, Satit Wonghnongtaey, minister attached to the premier's office, told reporters.

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