Emergency decree's enforcement should continue: Thai security committee chairman

14:01, June 29, 2010      

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The Thai government should continue imposing the emergency decree in capital Bangkok and 23 other provinces, Jeharming Tohtayong, chairman of the parliamentary state security committee, said on Tuesday, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

Assessment on the situation by the Thai government will be made before the state of emergency will complete its 3-month term of enforcement on July 7.

The state of emergency is still essential since the anti- government "red-shirts" have not yet given in and are still moving against the government, Jeharming cited.

Jeharming believed the recent bombings in capital Bangkok were linked with the anti-government "red-shirt" people group, which had failed to admit its defeat.

Also, he has believed there would be more violence during the July 25 by-election in Bangkok's constituency 6.

"Therefore, my panel has suggested the government keep emergency rule in place. Tight security should also be provided for the Prime Minister and other ministers involved in the crackdown on the "red-shirt" protestors," he said.

National Security Council secretary-general Thawil Pliansri voiced the same tone saying that the emergency law is necessary as the situation has not truly returned to normal.

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