Good timing, what with thousands of people from Hong Kong taking a break in Thailand. Hope everyone can get back to work by Tuesday... safely.
Isnt Thaksin in exile in Hong Kong (while we were all worrying about Mugabe?
Thailand PM declares Bangkok state of emergency | World news | guardian.co.uk
Thailand has imposed a state of emergency in its capital, Bangkok, and surrounding areas.
The decision by the prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, comes a day after anti-government protesters swarmed into a hotel hosting an Asian summit, forcing its cancellation.
The protesters, who are seeking Abhisit's resignation, blocked a Bangkok intersection for several days last week, disrupting traffic.
Abhisit's decree bans gatherings of more than five people and forbids reporting that is considered threatening to public order.
The cancellation of yesterday's summit in the seaside resort of Pattaya was a humiliating setback for the Thai government, which was forced to fly nine of the Asian leaders by helicopter to a military base after the protesters stormed the conference centre.
The demonstrators are supporters of the former prime minister Thaksin Sinawatra, and are known as the Red Shirts. Local media said Thaksin had asked his supporters to "swarm the summit venue" Royal Cliff Beach Hotel and force him to step down.