State of emergency still necessary: gov't spokesman

18:41, July 26, 2010      

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The continued exercise of the emergency decree in certain provinces is still necessary, said the acting government spokesman on Monday following a bombing attack in the capital's downtown area.

The bombing attack occurred Sunday evening, resulting in one died and another 9 injured.

"The bombing on Bangkok's Ratchadamri road shows that the security situation is not yet normal," said Panitan Wattanayagorn, referring to the blast at a bus stop in front of the Big C supermarket.

The spokesman said the attack was aimed at inciting unrest.

"The state of emergency will help officials track down and arrest the people responsible for the attack," he added.

The state of emergency is still in force in 16 provinces, including Bangkok, after the Cabinet lifted the emergency decree in eight provinces earlier this month.

The Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on April 7 announced a state of emergency in Bangkok and some other area in order to handle the then-ongoing anti-government rally by "Red-shirts" movement. The coverage of the special security decree was later extended to altogether 24 provinces, including Bangkok.

The government persists the emergency rule even after the mass rally ended on May 19, citing the risk of chaos and unrest by some perpetrators.

Source: Xinhua


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