Thailand withdraws emergency decree
Published: 12:12 PM, 23 October 2020 Updated: 03:20 PM, 23 October 2020
Thailand on Thursday lifted its emergency decree issued last week banning protests against the government and monarchy.
Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets every day since the decree was passed on Oct. 15, defying government orders and calling for Mr. Prayuth’s resignation. The decree was issued banning public gatherings of five or more people to end the month-long anti-govt protest.
The government announced on Thursday that the emergency order had officially been revoked, effective immediately. Mr. Prayuth has also endorsed an extraordinary session of parliament to be held next week—the legislature is currently in recess—and called on his critics to allow lawmakers to resolve the situation.
“The current violent situation that led to the announcement of the severe situation has eased and ended to a situation in which government officials and state agencies can enforce the regular laws,” the govt statement said that published in the official Royal Gazette.
A two-day extraordinary session of parliament is due to begin on October 26 to discuss the protesters’ demands, which include not only Prayuth’s resignation and the reform of the monarchy
Earlier on Wednesday, hinting the withdrawal Prime Minister Prayuth said, “As the leader of the nation who is responsible for the welfare of all Thais—whether they be protesters or the silent majority with whatever political convictions—I will make the first move to de-escalate this situation.”
However, protesters, who have given Prayuth a three-day deadline to quit said that withdrawing the measures was not enough.
“He’s still seeking to stay in power while ignoring all the people’s demands. The emergency decree shouldn’t have been issued in the first place,” Sirawith “Ja New” Seritiwat, one of the leaders, said.
Antigovernment protesters have been ramping up pressure for months, demanding the dissolution of Mr. Prayuth’s government, a new constitution to diminish the military’s hold on power and an end to what they say is the harassment of critics.