Thai goverment lifts emergency in 3 provinces

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Bangkok, Jul 20: Thailand government decided to lift the state of emergency in the three provinces, informed the authorities on Tuesday, Jul 20. They added that the government has adequate security forces to maintain a peaceful situation and there were no signs of unrest, reports a news agency.

They said that the emergency would remain in force in 16 other provinces including Bangkok, where some movements are going on. It was imposed in Apr, 2010 in order to help authorities manage with the clashes demanding early elections and security forces.

In five provinces, the emergency was lifted on Jul 6, when the initial period came to an end but it was extended for another three months in the other areas as anti-government posed a threat in a quarter of the country.

Emergency banned the gatherings of more than five people and government held the power to censor the media. There were broad powers enabled to the security forces which include the right to arrest the suspects without charge.

Around 90 people were killed and more than 2,000 were injured in the clashes in central Bangkok in Apr and May.

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