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Thailand declares emergency, cancels Asian summit

2009-04-11 07:39:17 GMT2009-04-11 15:39:17 (Beijing Time)

Anti-government demonstrators storm through the 14th ASEAN convention hall Saturday, April 11, 2009, in Pattaya, Thailand, at the 14th ASEAN summit. A Thai government officials say a summit of Asian leaders has been canceled for security reasons. The announcement Saturday came after more than 1,000 anti-government protesters smashed through glass doors to storm into the convention hall where some of the meetings were scheduled to take place. (AP Photo)

An injured supporter of ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is assisted after a clash with pro-government supporters near the venue of the 14th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Pattaya April 11, 2009. (Reuters Photo)

Anti-government demonstrators brandishing weapons clash with government supporters Saturday, April 11, 2009, in Pattaya, Thailand, at the 14th ASEAN summit. (Reuters Photo)

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva makes a traditional greeting as he awaits the arrival of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for a bilateral meeting at the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Pattaya, April 11, 2009.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) greets officials as he arrives for the 14th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits at U-Tapao airport near Pattaya April 10, 2009. (Reuters Photo)

Thailand has declared a state of emergency in the town where a summit of Asian leaders was supposed to be held after protesters stormed the venue. The meeting has been canceled.

The decree also covers the area surrounding Pattaya. It gives the military the right to restore order, allows authorities to suspend civil liberties, bans public gatherings of more than five people and bars the media from reporting news that "causes panic."

Thai Prime Abhisit Vejjajiva declared the emergency Saturday after protesters demanding his ouster smashed the glass doors of the summit venue and swarmed the building.

Government spokesman Supachai Jaisamuth said the situation was "too violent" for the meeting to take place.


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