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Thailand Lifts Protest Ban that Backfired

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand on Thursday rolled back an emergency decree aimed at ending months of protests against the government and monarchy that had only inflamed anger and brought tens of thousands of people onto Bangkok streets.

A government statement published in the official Royal Gazette said that as of 12 p.m. (0500 GMT) it would mean an end to measures that include bans on political gatherings of five or more people and publishing news that could affect security.

“The current violent situation that led to the announcement of the severe situation has eased and ended to a situation in which government officials and state agencies can enforce the regular laws,” the statement said. Read more…..

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Thai protesters on Wednesday gave Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha a three-day deadline to step down or face more demonstrations, though the leader who delivered the announcement was arrested hours later.

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