Thai government considers state of emergency after weekend violence

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Anti-government protesters in front of a coffee shop in central Bangkok. Thai authorities are 'very seriously' considering a state of emergency after a weekend of violence in the capital where protesters have been trying for more than two months to bring down the government. Reuters Anti-government protesters in front of a coffee shop in central Bangkok. Thai authorities are 'very seriously' considering a state of emergency after a weekend of violence in the capital where protesters have been trying for more than two months to bring down the government. Reuters
SummaryThai authorities are 'very seriously' considering a state of emergency after a weekend of violence in the capital.

time a deputy prime minister, sent in troops to end mass protests by pro-Thaksin supporters.

Suthep faces murder charges related to his role in the 2010 military crackdown when more than 90 people were killed, and for insurrection in leading the latest protests.

Yingluck faces legal challenges with the country's anti-corruption agency saying last week it would start investigating her role in loss-making government rice purchase scheme.

The scheme has won her party huge support in the rural north and northeast of the country. But there are signs of growing discontent among farmers who say they have not been paid for their rice and are threatening to block major roads.

Chambers said the rise in violence could suck the police into the fray.

"(That would provide) Suthep with an excuse to accuse Yingluck of repressing the demonstrators, the army may suggest that the Yingluck government step aside or judicial cases against Yingluck's government may be expedited to push (her party) Puea Thai from power," he said.

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