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State of emergency ends in Bangkok

Riot police wait behind razor wire for political demonstrators at Tuek Chai intersection in Bangkok on Wednesday evening, just before the prime minister offered to end the state of severe emergency declared in Bangkok. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has revoked his state of severe emergency declaration in Bangkok on Thursday, saying the violence that prompted it is over.

The announcement was published in the Royal Gazette and is effective from noon on Thursday.


It said the state of emergency declarations were issued on Oct 15 and 16 to stop offences against the royal institution and unrest. The declarations had been set to be valid until Nov 13.

On Thursday Gen Prayut said that the violent situation had ended and government officials were able to use relevant laws to solve problems.


Therefore, he had revoked the state of emergency declarations and related announcements.

On Wednesday night, the prime minister said in a TV Pool address that everyone should take a step back in the conflict between the government and the anti-government movement.

He offered to lift the state of emergency, and asked that his opponents to reciprocate by toning down their speeches.

Vocabulary:

conflict : an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง

effective : officially begun to be used ; to take effect - มีผล

institution : an important tradition or system upon which society is based - สถาบัน

reciprocate : to behave in the same way as someone else or to share the same feelings as someone else - ตอบแทนกัน, แลกเปลี่ยนกัน

revoke : to officially say that something is no longer legal - เพิกถอน

royal gazette : a royal publication begun in 1858 by King Mongkut (Rama IV) as the official way of announcing news laws, decrees, ministerial proclamations, etc. - ราชกิจจานุเบกษา

state of emergency : a dangerous situation in which the government takes on special powers and the rights of the people are often limited in some way - ภาวะฉุกเฉิน   

tone down (verb): to make a speech, an opinion, etc. less extreme or offensive - เพลา

unrest : angry or violent behaviour by people who are protesting or fighting against something - สถานการณ์ที่ไม่สงบ

violent : involving or caused by physical force that is intended to hurt or kill somebody - รุนแรง, ร้ายแรง, สาหัส

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