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28 July 2010 :: 11:07:41 am 33675

Thai Premier: Bangkok Emergency Decree will Remain

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday revealed following an extraordinary security meeting, that the Emergency Decree in place on Bangkok and 15 other provinces would remain indefinitely.
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Bangkok, the 27th of July 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Accordingly, the premier explained that the Emergency Decree will still be gradually lifted in various locations providing that the political unrest and disturbances cease, however, the restriction in place on Bangkok will remain.

Abhisit spoke after a meeting with National Security Council secretary general Tawin Pleansri and Acting Police Chief Pateep Tanprasert, following Sunday’s Bangkok bombing, revealing that the current situation in the Thai capital was not conductive to allow for the lifting of the Emergency Decree.

On Sunday evening a bomb was detonated at a bus stop along the Ratchadamri Road, recently occupied in the two month long political protests, the explosion killed one man and injured a further 10 people.

It was revealed that the bombing, an intricate design formed from the core of an M67 grenade, was similar to a number of previously discovered explosive devices, suggesting an explosives expert may both be behind Sunday’s and several other attacks.

In the lead up to today’s National Security Council meeting, the premier called an informal extraordinary meeting in an attempt to assess the situation in the Thai capital following Sunday’s attack.

Resultant from the brief one-hour meeting, Abhisit revealed that security in the capital would immediately be increased in an attempt to dismay public fears regarding further attacks. The premier also stated prevention and containment plans had been preliminarily drawn up to address the issue of further, potential politically motivated attacks.

Meanwhile, a private survey of some 1,300 Bangkok residents by the “Suan Dusit Poll” found that under half of the surveyed people supported the extension of the Emergency Decree in the capital.

Restrictions have been in place on Bangkok since April 7th, following the protracted anti-government protests, ending in violent confrontations after a military led crackdown on the 19th of May. Eighty-nine people died while a further 1,900 were injured over the course of the 10-week protests.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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