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  • Thai Government Lifts Emergency Measure Aimed At Squashing Protests

Pro-democracy protesters during an anti-government rally in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct. 21, 2020.
Pro-democracy protesters during an anti-government rally in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct. 21, 2020.
The government in Thailand has lifted the emergency measures it imposed a week ago in an attempt to end months of protests against the prime minister and the monarchy.

A statement published in the official Royal Gazette said what had been a "violent situation" had now been contained.

The BBC's Jonathan Head reports from Bangkok.

[Reporter]

By lifting a state of emergency he declared a week ago, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha is bowing to the inevitable.

The requirement for such drastic action for peaceful and only occasional protests has been questioned by members of parliament and legal experts.

It was about to be challenged in court.

This will be seen as a victory for a movement that has shown flair and determination in challenging a powerful establishment.

It is now likely to try and keep the protests going in the campaign for a new constitution and a new government.

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