BBC news reports the Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, and the surrounding provinces to cope with unrest. The decree gives the government wide-ranging powers to deal with disorder. Anti-government protesters have been blocking parts of the capital to try to force PM Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. They accuse the government of being run by exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, the brother of the current prime minister. Ms. Yingluck has refused to resign and has called an election for February 2nd to pacify the protesters. The state of emergency was announced after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday and comes after a spate of attacks with explosives and firearms on the anti-government protesters blockading central Bangkok for which the government and the protesters blame each other.