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    Posted January 21, 2014 by
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MojoBangkok, an American who has lived in Bangkok for more than 20 years, was observing the protests in Bangkok when the Thai government declared a state of emergency Tuesday. Thai protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban responded to the news by telling the government to “come and get us,” MojoBangkok said. He described the protest scene as “patriotic and peaceful.” Read more about the latest on Thailand on CNN.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Today the Thai Government imposed a State of Emergency. Protests were ongoing when it was announced and Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban defiantly challenged the government, telling them to "come and get us".

    Suthep led a march through certain districts near the center of Bangkok today, where locals from houses and office buildings gathered on the street side, many personally handing over cash donations for the cause to Suthep as he made his way to Lumpini Park at dusk.

    With the State of Emergency imposed, how it will be enforced, what the protesters will do tomorrow is anyone's guess, but more than likely they will not abandon the streets and government will be forced to turn up the heat. We are likely to enter a new phase of this developing story. Some are predicting this situation will get worse before it gets better and like the 2010 Red shirt protests, this one too will end in tears.

    The scenes today were patriotic and peaceful attended by normal working class Thais. Tomorrow will tell who shows up from both sides of the fence.

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