Thai council threatens to call state of emergency over protests

Council for National Security (CNS) — which is lead by coup leader
General Sonthi Boonyaratkalin — threatened on 25 April 2007 to declare
a nationwide state of emergency if continuing anti-government protests
turn violent. Although this is not the first time that the CNS has
threatened to declare an emergency, Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont
also stated that a “national crisis” could occur in May, as the number
of protest rallies conducted in the country is expected to grow. When
the CNS requested that a state of emergency be imposed in Bangkok in
March in response to growing protests, Surayud refused, stating that
the security environment did not warrant it because there were no
incidents of violence. Now that Surayud believes that violence is a
more probable concern, there is a greater likelihood of a state of
emergency being imposed



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