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Thai government to impose 60-day state of emergency

Anti-government protesters wave flags as they march through Bangkok's financial district Credit: Reuters

Thailand's government will impose a 60-day state of emergency from Wednesday, Reuters reports, citing the deputy interior minister.

It will apply to the capital Bangkok and surrounding provinces but there are said to be no plans to disperse protesters.

There has been continued unrest since a campaign by anti-government protesters to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign began in November.

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British DJ killed in motorcycle accident in Thailand

British radio DJ Paul Norris has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Thailand.
British radio DJ Paul Norris has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Thailand. Credit: Facebook

A British radio DJ has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Thailand.

Paul Norris, originally from Stirling, was riding home when his motorbike collided with a taxi, the Phuket Gazette reported.

The 45-year-old, a presenter on Phuket Island Radio, had lived in the country for more than a decade.

A statement on Phuket Island Radio's Facebook page said: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Paul Norris (DJ Doris) was tragically the victim of a fatal road traffic accident in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"Phuket Island Radio extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family, loved ones and friends."

Thai protesters start Bangkok 'shutdown' to topple PM

Thousands of anti-government protesters set up blockades at several major intersections in Bangkok today as they sought to cripple Thailand's capital, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

In a bid to end unrest, Yingluck has called a snap election for 2 February. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The upheaval is the latest chapter in an eight-year conflict pitting Bangkok's middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly poorer, rural supporters of Yingluck and her self-exiled brother, billionaire former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

There were no signs the government was preparing to resist protesters with force. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Eight people, including two police officers, have been killed and scores wounded in violence between protesters, police and government supporters since the campaign against Yingluck's government started in November.

Read: Anti-government protester 'shot dead' in Bangkok

One dead, four hurt in attack on protesters in Bangkok

Riot policemen walk around during a registration of election candidates at a bus terminal centre near the Government complex in Bangkok.
Riot policemen walk around during a registration of election candidates at a bus terminal centre near the Government complex in Bangkok. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The number of people wounded in a firearm attack on Thai protesters has been updated to four, after an unidentified gunman opened fire on anti-government demonstrators.

One person was killed in the attack upon the protesters whose efforts to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have flared into violence in recent days.

Anti-government protester 'shot dead' in Bangkok

An anti-government protester has been killed and two injured in a gun attack in the Thai capital Bangkok, according to the Associated Press.

The incident early today close to a protest site will hasten fears that the country's political crisis could lead to a serious outbreak of violence.

Anti-government protesters gather outside the house of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Credit: Reuters

The Erawan medical centre said a 31-year man was killed with wounds to his torso.

Protesters are seeking to topple prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra ahead of elections scheduled for February 2.

Read: Police officer killed in Thailand anti-government protests

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Thai elections 'will go ahead' in February despite protest

Thailand's government has rejected calls to postpone the election and said the February 2 poll "will go ahead", Reuters reports citing the deputy Prime Minister.

The decision to not postpone the election comes on a day when a police officer was killed after clashing with anti-government protesters in the country's capital, Bangkok.

Police officer 'shot dead in Bangkok' during protests

A police officer has been shot dead in Bangkok, Thailand, during clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters, AFP reports.

Riot police clash with anti-government protesters. Credit: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Jongjet Aoajenpong, director of the Police General Hospital where the officer was taken for treatment told the news agency: "He was shot in his chest and brought to hospital by helicopter.

An anti-government protester runs away from teargas fired by riot police. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

"A team of doctors tried to resuscitate him for more than half an hour."

An anti-government protester throws a tear gas canister towards policemen. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Violence broke out after protesters tried to force their way into a sports stadium in the capital, where representatives from around 30 political parties were gathered to register for February elections.

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