Thai PM invokes special powers as protesters march into government buildings


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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra invoked special powers in response to tens of thousands of protesters calling for her government’s resignation, the BBC reports.

The prime minister extended the Internal Security Act, Reuters reports, allowing authorities to close roads, impose curfews and react accordingly should the rallies, which began Sunday, get out of hand.

Protesters, unhappy with a controversial amnesty bill that would allow ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra back into Thailand, marched into state buildings throughout Bangkok on Monday, including the foreign ministry, police headquarters and TV stations.

The prime minister took to national television the same day to say that the protesters threatened “the stability of the government” by obstructing civil servants’ work.

“Our National Security service is now monitoring the protest and we are trying to handle the protesters without any violence,” she said.