Thailand to end state of emergency in Bangkok

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 21, 2010 10:14

BANGKOK  — Thailand will lift a state of emergency Wednesday that was imposed eight months ago when Red Shirt protesters overran Bangkok, but the government will retain broad powers to detain suspects and impose order.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the current situation no longer justified the sweeping controls imposed during April riots by the anti-government protesters, who camped for weeks in a zone fortified by wooden stakes in the heart of the capital and clashed with soldiers in violence that left 90 people dead.

However, Abhisit indicated that the government was still rattled by continuing political turmoil that some feel could explode again into violence.


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