Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Citing Instability, Thailand Extends Emergency Decree

Declaring that many parts of Thailand remain unstable, the government on Tuesday extended by three months a state of emergency that gives authorities broad powers to restrict political meetings and detain suspects without charge.

Critics, including the tourism industry, denounced the move. Some called it part of a crackdown on dissent at a time when Thailand appears to have returned to a largely peaceful pace following months of protests in Bangkok led by the so-called red-shirt antigovernment movement.

“There are still some groups of people trying to eliminate the government,” Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said. A government committee charged with security had found that “terrorist situations were occurring in many areas nationwide all the time,” Mr. Suthep was quoted as saying in the Thai media.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/07/world/asia/07thailand.html?ref=asia

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