Tuesday, February 11, 2014

First protest leader arrested in Thailand

Police in Thailand have made their first arrest of an anti-government protest leader since the government issued a state of emergency late last month.

The police on Monday said the man had violated the decree.

Earlier this month, the government obtained arrest warrants for 18 other protest leaders, including former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban.

Despite the state of emergency issued last month for the capital Bangkok and surrounding areas, anti-government demonstrators disrupted a general election in early February.

They forced nearly 20 percent of the electoral districts to cancel the ballot, making it impossible to launch a new government.

They are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Observers say the arrest is likely to increase tensions between the government and protesters.