Government lifts ‘serious’ emergency decree but the state of emergency to deal with Covid-19 still remains

The Declaration of a Serious Emergency Situation in Bangkok has been lifted according to a pronouncement in the Royal Gazette on Thursday.

The severe emergency decree came into effect on October 15 and its provisions allowed the government to crack down on unarmed and peaceful protestors last Friday.

The lifting of the decree came after Prime Minister Prayut said in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday night that he is willing to lift the order to lower the current level of political tension.

Following the night-time crackdown, when fully-geared riot police and water cannon trucks were used, pro-democracy protestors have taken to the streets around the country to call for Prayut’s resignation.

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of people marched on the government house as Prayut was making his announcement.

The protestors were met with police barricades along the way but eventually, the protesters made it to the government house where they demanded the prime minister’s resignation.

The lifting Declaration of a Serious Emergency Situation in Bangkok was effective at noon on Thursday according to the royal gazette.

However, the state of emergency, which limited the arrival of international tourists and introduced coronavirus restrictions, is still in effect until the end of October.

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