End of Emergency Decree not soon as bombs found in Bangkok

14:04, June 25, 2010      

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The Thailand's capital and some other provinces are not expected to see an end of Emergency Decree soon as bombing attack and attempts were found in Bangkok and Udon Thani, a northeast province, in the past couple of days.

The cabinet on next Tuesday will consider whether to extend the state of emergency which was imposed on April 7 and is due to expire on July 7. The decision will be based on recommendations by the government's Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), a body in charge of security during the State of Emergency.

CRES will decide in a meeting Friday where to maintain or lift the Emergency Decree after its spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Thursday the centre believes the red-shirts movement will commit perpetrations in certain areas whenever the state of emergency is lifted.

The state of emergency is expected to be continued in Udon Thani, Mukdahan, Khon Khaen, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchthani, Bangkok and an adjacent province.

Sansern said the red-shirts leaders regularly met with "the movement's political wing" to discuss their plans to "deliver violence with armed methods" both in Bangkok and nearby areas and in the North and the Northeast.

According to The Nation online, The CRES has tightened security as an extra 153 road checkpoints were set up by all 86 Bangkok- based police stations and 17 security outposts at key entrances and exits to Bangkok.

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