Thailand cancels the state of emergency

On October 22, Thailand announced that the state of emergency in the country was cancelled. This is seen as an effort by the Thai authorities to calm the protestors. An announcement in the Royal Gazette said “as it has appeared the severe situation which had resulted in an enactment of emergency decree, has resolved and halted.” 

A day earlier, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha went on national television on Wednesday night to appeal to the protesters to reduce political tensions and promised to lift the emergency measure. 

“I will make the first move to deescalate this situation,” he said. “I am currently preparing to lift the state of severe emergency in Bangkok and will do so promptly if there are no violent incidents.” 

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