Emergency rule in Bangkok likely to extend to next year

12:50, September 28, 2010      

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National Security Council Secretary-General Thawil Pliensri said Tuesday that in order to cope with ongoing bomb attacks, the state of emergency in Bangkok may have to be extended until the yearend or next year.

It is likely the emergency rule may have to be extended to the end of next year if needed, he said.

As for the Monday assessment of the Department of Special Investigation that bomb attacks would continue in Bangkok, he said the NSC expected the same.

Recently, bomb attacks have occurred on almost a daily basis in Bangkok and its neighboring provinces. On Monday night, an M26 hand-grenade was thrown at the Office of the Attorney General headquarter on the Ratchadapisek road.

The government had imposed an emergency decree in Bangkok and its vicinity since April 7 in the face of escalating anti- government rally in Bangkok by red-shirts movement before extending to include 23 provinces over all as the situation deteriorated. Although the government revoked the decree in some provinces, the decree remains in effect in Bangkok and other 6 provinces since disturbances still frequently happened.

Source: Xinhua


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