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2 Foreigners Held In Thailand For Breaching Emergency Laws

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(RTTNews) – Two foreigners, a Briton and an Australian, have been arrested in Thailand on charges of breaching emergency laws, an offense that carries up to two years imprisonment.

A state of emergency was enforced in the capital Bangkok and nearby provinces after anti-government demonstrators stormed the country’s Parliament on April 7.

Several UDD leaders are in police custody on various charges, including breaking emergency laws, terrorism and criticizing the monarchy.

Conor David Purcell, 30, and Jeff Savage, 49, were arrested following a roundup of suspects involved in violence during the anti-government protests that were quelled by the military last week.

Purcell, who was arrested in Bangkok on Sunday, claims to have served in the Australian Army and was currently working in the Thai capital as a language teacher.

Reports quoting the immigration detention center in Bangkok said the Irish-born Aussie was a regular speaker at recent anti-government rallies in Bangkok. Youtube videos showed Purcell on the ‘Red-Shirt’ stage condemning the Thai military for shooting upon protesters.

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