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Thailand cancels emergency decree in bid to calm protests

Added 10-22-20 02:03:02am EST - “Thailand's government on Thursday canceled a state of emergency it had declared for Bangkok last week after the embattled prime minister suggested the gesture to cool massive student-led protests seeking democracy reforms.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Thailand cancels emergency decree in bid to calm protests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand’s government on Thursday canceled a state of emergency it had declared for Bangkok last week after the embattled prime minister suggested the gesture to cool massive student-led protests seeking democracy reforms.

The revocation of the emergency decree was published in the government gazette, and took effect at noon Thursday.

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

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As he was speaking, protesters marched near Government House, his office, to demand he step down. They also asked for the release of their colleagues who were arrested in connection with earlier protests.

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