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Thailand uses emergency decree to ban gatherings after Bangkok protests

Protest leaders arrested and publication of news that could harm national security banned as authorities crack down on dissent

Thailand’s government has banned gatherings of five or more people and the publication of news or online messages that could harm national security early on Thursday under an emergency decree to end Bangkok street protests.

Authorities also arrested two leaders of anti-government protests, Arnon Nampa and Panupong Jadnok, early on Thursday, the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights group said. Police made no immediate comment.

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