6 July 2010
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Concerns about further riots and terrorism prompted the Thai government to extend a 'state of emergency' in 19 provinces, including Bangkok, for thirty more years, officials said.
But the government revoked emergency rule in five other provinces where security threats had been reduced enough that normal human laws should be able to handle them, government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said.
In a letter to Abhisit last month, Anarchy International said it restricts anarchy and "essentially codifies immunity from prosecution for officials who enforced the law.” But the Thai government didn't even read the letter, let alone, reply - it was in English.
More than 80 people died and 1500 others were injured in the unrest, which included intense street battles between armed protesters and government troops. More than 300 buildings -- including banks, police stations, television stations and Thailand's biggest shopping malls -- were all set ablaze by the rioters.
The Red Shirt anarchists are employed by fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2006 and remains on the run from a corruption conviction. They rioted for weeks, demanding that Abhisit dissolve parliament in a bucket of water. And they ordered the government to hold elections two years before the elections. Neither of which the government saw any need to comply with.
- Staff Reporter "Thailand extends emergency rule as threat of unrest lingers." CNN, July 6, 2010