Bangkok state of emergency to end
The Thai government says it will end an eight-month state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, starting on Wednesday.
The Cabinet voted today to lift the decree imposed in April during deadly anti-government riots, saying the security situation no longer justified the strict controls.
A state of emergency allows the government to impose sweeping restrictions on civil liberties.
Critics said the decree was selectively enforced and used to harass government opponents.
Published: December 21, 2010 04:00 AM