Thailand maintains state of emergency

08:18, June 12, 2010      

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A meeting of Thailand's Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) on Friday resolved not to lift the state of emergency, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who chaired the 1.30- hour long meeting, raised the state of emergency's matter for discussing at the meeting.

The meeting was also attended by top military brasses, including Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, Defense Ministry Permanent Secretary General Apichart Penkiti, and national Army Chief General Anupong Paojinda.

The army suggested the CRES not lift the state of emergency since the political movement by the anti-government group has existed at several places.

If the state of emergency is lifted, it might be difficult to control the situation, according to army's view.

Meanwhile, it is reportedly said the CRES meeting assigned the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to study laws and penalty concerned with convicted-anti-government persons.

Though the anti-government protests ended on May 19, the Thai government has still maintained the state of emergency in order to ensure security for the public.

The state of emergency has been imposed from April 7, 2010, in 24 provinces of Thailand's 76 provinces, empowering police and army to control the then anti-government protests.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" protestors and troops from March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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