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State of Emergency Lifted after Days of Unrest in Thailand

The Thai government has revoked a week-old emergency decree after protesters threatened with more demonstrations if PM Prayuth Chan-ocha would not step down within three days.

The Thai government has revoked a week-old emergency decree after protesters threatened with more demonstrations if PM Prayuth Chan-ocha does not step down within three days.

Thailand has experienced several days straight protests which have resulted in several arrests and injuries. 

The emergency decree,. which was due to end on Nov. 13, banned public gatherings of more than four people and allowed censorship of the media. The order drew widespread criticism from Thai citizens and the international community.

“As it has appeared the severe situation which had resulted in an enactment of emergency decree, has resolved and halted,” said an announcement in the Royal Gazette.

Chan-ocha is urging protesters to remain peaceful and to tone down their “hateful and divisive talk.”

“The protestors have made their voices and views heard. As the leader of the nation who is responsible for the welfare of all Thais — whether they be protestors or the silent majority with whatever political convictions — I will make the first move to de-escalate this situation,” said Chan-ocha during a televised speech.

The Prime Mininster has said that he will not step down despite being given the demand. 

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