Thailand lifts state of emergency prior to VICTAM
Tensions in the region easing after weeks of anti-government protests
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, Yingluck's brother. At the height of the demonstrations, protesters shut down key road junctions in Bangkok and blockaded government ministries.
"Numbers have fallen in recent weeks, however, and the protesters are now mainly occupying a city-center park," according to a report.