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Updated: May 29, 2010 15:56 IST

Thai authorities lift curfew

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Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva addresses members of parliament in Bangkok. File photo
AP Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva addresses members of parliament in Bangkok. File photo

Thai President Abhisit Vejjajiva said he agreed with security agencies that the curfew should not be extended. The curfew had been imposed in Bangkok and 23 other provinces on May 19, following violent clashes between protesters and police.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Saturday that the government decided not to extend the curfew in Bangkok and some other provinces, which is scheduled to expire at 04:00 a.m. local time on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters before meeting foreign envoys at Government House, Mr. Abhisit said that the government decided against extending the curfew because security agencies are confident that they could control the situation.

Mr. Abhisit said he agrees with security agencies that the curfew should not be extended.

Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Mukdahan and Khon Kaen, where red- shirted people earlier rioted and set fire to government properties, will also see the curfew lifted, the prime minister said.

He said, however, the Emergency Decree is still effective.

The Cabinet on Tuesday extended the curfew by four more nights, but relaxed the time frame to facilitate daily life of the public.

A curfew had been imposed in Bangkok and 23 other provinces on May 19, following the widely spread arson attacks and violence by some hard-core red-shirts protesters who did not agree to end the over two-month-long rally in Bangkok.

The rally led to confrontation and clashes between the protesters and the troops, leaving at least 88 dead and 1,885 others injured.

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