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Thai state of emergency extended for 90 more days

07-06-2010 19:47 BJT

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Thailand's government has lifted the State of Emergency in five provinces across the kingdom after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Emergency law has been extended for a further ninety days, however, in Bangkok and eighteen other provinces in central and northern Thailand. The State of emergency gives the government sweeping powers to arrest without warrant, close down public gatherings and impose controls on the media, although critics argue they are now unnecessary. Tony Cheng reports.

Government house…a picture of peace and tranquillity.

Inside, however, the cabinet debated the extension of emergency law.

A necessity, they say, to ensure the chaos of earlier this year doesn’t return.

Security remains tight.

There have been 2 bombings in the past month, and while the motivation is still unclear, the government is taking no chances.

The emergency laws give the security forces sweeping powers and the government controls that don’t exist in more peaceful times.

But now the direct threat is gone, some are concerned that these powers have been in place for so long.

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