Thai PM Declares State Of Emergency In Capital

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister declared a state of emergency in the capital Tuesday after street fighting overnight between supporters and opponents of the government left one man dead and dozens injured.

The developments came after state workers threatened to cut off water, electricity and phone service at government offices and disrupt flights of the national airline in support of protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

An announcement broadcast on all Thai television stations at 7 a.m. said Samak had decreed a state of emergency of Bangkok. It said Army Gen. Anupong Paochinda would be in charge of carrying it out.

In Thailand, a state of emergency allows the use of military forces in policing activities, and suspends some civil liberties.