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Pheu Thai: End Emergency Decree

Thousands of student-age protestors face off against Thai police at Bangkok's Pathumwan intersection Oct. 16. (Photo: Tyler Roney for the Bangkok Herald)
Thousands of student-age protestors face off against Thai police at Bangkok's Pathumwan intersection Oct. 16. (Photo: Tyler Roney for the Bangkok Herald)

The opposition Pheu Thai Party demanded the government end the Executive Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations as the local Covid-19 situation has improved.

Pheu Thai leader Cholnan Srikaew and other party executives said the imposition of the state-of-emergency law was no longer necessary for Covid-19 control because the government was about to declare it an endemic disease.

Pheu Thai spokeswoman Theerarat Samrejvanich said the government could instead exercise the Disease Control Act to control Covid-19 and an end to the imposition of the emergency law could revive investors’ confidence and the tourism sector.

The continued imposition of the emergency decree only indicated that the prime minister did not want political rallies and the law was used to limit people’s rights and freedom, she said.

After ending the emergency law imposition, prosecution against demonstrators including young ones should stop accordingly. They had no ill intentions against the country but only wanted to express opinions and criticize the government’s work, Theerarat said.