(RTTNews) – A state of emergency, imposed in Thailand to quell violent anti-government protests, has been lifted in three northern provinces.
The Abhisit Vejjajiva government’s decision to repeal emergency law in Lampang, Roi Et and Sakon Nakhon was announced Tuesday by deputy spokesman Supachai Jaisamut, citing peaceful atmosphere in those provinces.
However, the state of emergency would remain in capital Bangkok and in 15 other provinces “because there is some movement there,” he added, referring to the possibility of reviving anti-government sentiments.
Emergency law gives sweeping powers to the security forces and bans public gatherings of more than five people. Under the law, suspects can be detained for 30 days without charge.