Thailand lifts state of emergency prior to VICTAM

Thailand lifted its state of emergency on Wednesday, March 19 as tensions ease following weeks of anti-government protests, just in time for the approachingĀ VICTAM, FIAAP & GRAPAS Asia exhibitions and conferences.Officials say the emergency decree will be replaced by the Internal Security Act. The 60-day emergency decree, imposed on January 22Ā in BangkokĀ and surrounding provinces, gave the government wide-ranging powers to deal with disorder.

Thailand lifted its state of emergency on Wednesday, March 19 as tensions ease following weeks of anti-government protests, just in time for the approaching VICTAM, FIAAP & GRAPAS Asia exhibitions and conferences.

Officials say the emergency decree will be replaced by the Internal Security Act. The 60-day emergency decree, imposed on January 22 in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, gave the government wide-ranging powers to deal with disorder.

The protesters, who began their campaign in November, accused the government of being run by ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluckā€™s brother. At the height of the demonstrations, protesters shut down key road junctions in Bangkok and blockaded government ministries.

ā€œNumbers have fallen in recent weeks, however, and the protesters are now mainly occupying a city-center park,ā€ according to a report. 

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