46% of Bangkok's residents want emergency decree to remain: Poll

22:02, July 27, 2010      

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Over 46 percent of people questioned in a recent university survey want the emergency decree to remain in force in capital Bangkok after the recent bombing incident outside a superstore in central Bangkok, the Bangkok Post 's website reported.

The survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University assessed opinions of totally 1,304 people living in Bangkok on Monday and Tuesday regarding the state of emergency's enforcement.

According to the survey, as some 46.85 percent of the total respondents wanted the decree maintained for public safety, some 32.75 percent others wanted the government to revoke it.

Those who wanted it lifted had viewed that the existence of the emergency decree damaged the country's image and caused to social conflict.

Another 20.38 percent said they were indifferent to the lifting of emergency rule or not.

Meanwhile, a majority of 85.18 percent of them believed the blast was politically motivated as some 11.12 percent others were not sure. Only 3.7 percent thought it had nothing to do with politics.

Also, as some 53.40 percent of the total respondents believed the explosion was the attempt to incite unrest, some 20.58 percent others said it was a challenge to concerned authorities.

Some 13.95 percent said they do not wish to see anymore incident that leads to death of innocent people, while 12.07 percent others want police to step up security.

On Sunday, an explosion, which occurred at a bus stop outside Big C superstore in Ratchadamri area, killed one person and injured eight others.

Source: Xinhua


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