Protests against Thailand’s government are spreading nationwide. In the capital, Bangkok, demonstrators who attacked the police headquarters were repelled with tear gas, which left some vomiting.
At the prime minister’s compound, which has been occupied by protesters since Tuesday, advisers to Samak Sundaravej have been urging him to impose emergency rule. Such a move would allow the government to deploy soldiers to disperse protestors, although the nation’s army chief has said that is not yet necessary.
In the south of the country, protestors have forced authorities to close the airports in the popular resort islands of Phuket and Krabi. And a nationwide strike by rail workers has paralysed one third of the network.
The protests, led by the People’s Alliance for Democracy, have escalated over the past three months. It accuses prime minister Samak’s coalition government of being nothing but a puppet replacement of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in a 2006 coup.
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