Thai govt declares state of emergency in Bangkok

BANGKOK Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:30am BST

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BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Thai government has declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and the surrounding area, according to a statement read on state television on Sunday.

The announcement came as several ministers, including the defence and interior ministers, were due to hold a news conference, and after anti-government protesters forced an Asian summit to be cancelled on Saturday.

(Editing by David Fox)