Thailand ends state of emergency in more provinces

Thailand`s prime minister on Thursday ordered a state of emergency lifted in six provinces, but kept the decree in place in the capital Bangkok and nine other provinces.

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 23:10 PM IST

Bangkok: Thailand`s prime minister on Thursday
ordered a state of emergency lifted in six provinces, but kept
the decree in place in the capital Bangkok and nine other
provinces.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva did not explain why the
emergency decree was revoked for the six provinces in the
northeast and central Thailand. The state of emergency was
declared in April after protesters in Bangkok broke into the
parliament building to press their demands for early
elections. About 90 people died and more than 1,400 were
injured during two months of protests.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said authorities
considered the security situation in the remaining provinces
to be tense and "actions that signalled some danger"
persisted.

On Sunday, in the first major violent incident since the
protests were quashed on May 19, a grenade exploded in
downtown Bangkok, killing one person and wounding 10.

No one has taken responsibility for the blast, which took
place the same day as a parliamentary by-election in which a
member of Abhisit`s ruling Democrat Party defeated a candidate
for a party that had backed the protests.
A state of emergency allows the government to impose
curfews, prohibit public gatherings, censor and ban
publications, detain suspects without charge, confiscate
property and tap telephones, among other provisions.

PTI