Thailand’s prime minister has invoked an emergency law after demonstrators seeking to remove her from office occupied parts of the finance and foreign ministries.
Yingluck Shinawatra announced on Monday that the Internal Security Act would cover all of Bangkok and the surrounding areas. Three especially sensitive districts of the capital have been under the law since August, when there were early signs of political unrest.
The law authorizes officials to seal off roads, take action against security threats, impose curfews and ban the use of electronic devices in designated areas. Peaceful rallies are allowed under the law.
Anti-government demonstrators occupied parts of the two ministry buildings, escalating protests that started over the weekend and drew over 150,000 people. The protesters are calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down amid claims that her government is controlled by her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006.